Egypt is the country that is home to the Aswan High Dam.

Aswan High Dam
Top view of Aswan High Dam

Egypt is respected as a country with these qualities because it has a long and rich history and cultural history.

Even though the Aswan High Dam is essential because it gives Egypt’s large population clean water and electricity, it is not as well-known as the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Nightingale Sphinx, or any of Egypt’s other ancient wonders. Even though the Aswan High Dam is one of the largest dams in the world, this is still the case. This is because the Aswan High Dam is in the southern part of the country.

Since the Aswan Dam is a symbol of persistence, political courage, the desire to be in charge of one’s own life, and the building of a new Egypt, we will talk more about the dam’s location, history, interesting facts about the dam, and effect on the area around it. We will also talk about ideas for a whole new Egypt.

In the following few paragraphs, you will learn about the Aswan High Dam’s importance, history, and area.

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Exactly at this spot is where you’ll find the Aswan Dam:

The Aswan high dam is the largest earthen dam in the world and is near the city of Aswan. This framework helped Egyptian history grow and change in a big way.

The dam is a technological and scientific achievement because of its vast size. It is 111 meters tall, 3,830 meters long, and 980 meters wide at the base. Also, the average flow rate per year is about 10,042 Gifawhatt. The amount of space for storage is 43 million cubic meters, and it is a triumph of science and technology.

Prior to and during the whole of the building of the Aswan High Dam:

Aswan High Dam
Sunset in High Dam in Aswan

In the 11th century, the famous Arab engineer and scholar Ibn Al-Haytham tried to build a dam for the first time near Aswan.

Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, the Fatimid Caliph, asked for this to happen because he wanted an answer to the disaster that occurred when the Nile flooded and killed him.

When this idea was tested in the real world, it turned out to be useless. The first attempt to Dam the Nile started in 1898 and lasted until 1902. The second attempt to build the Aswan Dam was led by the British.

Between 1898 and 1902, people tried to build the first Dam across the Nile, but it didn’t work out.

Between 1954 and 1959, during the third attempt to build the Aswan High dam, a half-Greek, half-Egyptian engineer named Adrian Daninios, who was born in Greece but raised in Egypt, made plans for a project called New Aswan. Back then, the Dam was called the “Aswan Low Dam,” and Sir William Wilcocks was in charge of building and maintaining it.

The government of Farouk decided not to go through with the plans and instead chose an alternative method from Harold Edwin Hurst.

Sudan and Ethiopia, which don’t lose much water to evaporation, could use the above idea to protect their water supplies.

This effort worked, even if only for a short time, because the Officer movement, led by Gamal Abdel Nasser Daninios, put a plan that paid off in the end.

Both the United States and the United Kingdom have said they are willing to help pay for the building of the Dam because they are worried about the growing influence of Russia in the area.

Because Nasser was a natural leader and said he was a neutralist, he was offered a 270 million dollar loan in exchange for taking charge of the Arab-Israeli conflict. Because of this, the loan application was approved. Nasser asked the United States for only defensive weapons to strengthen his position.

Nasser got 58 million dollars from Britain and 14 million dollars from the United Kingdom in exchange for Russia’s promise to send the weapons.

Russia, which used to be called the Soviet Union, kept giving money and other kinds of help to the Dam despite political events and disagreements between Egypt, the US, and Russia (along with concerns about the Abu Simbel temple being submerged).

The Aswan High Dam was built beginning in 1960. With the help of the Soviet Hydro project Institute and 25,000 Egyptian engineers, the project was finally able to get started.

The Dam was first started to be built in 1972. The Dam was finished in 1976, and the following year, the reservoir was full.

The High Dam in Aswan is crucial.

Aswan High Dam
Aswan High Dam in Egypt

What makes the Aswan Dam so different from other artificial structures? There are many good reasons to agree with this position, but the most important ones are as follows:

Floods caused by the Nile used to destroy many crops and cause severe droughts in some places. However, building the Aswan Dam has helped reduce the effects of floods caused by the river.

Before the Aswan High Dam, it seemed impossible that a flood could be stopped in its tracks.

Egypt doesn’t get a lot of rain, so farmers have to use a lot of different ways to water their crops.

Many people who live along the Nile, especially in the Delta area, depend on the 55 cubic kilometers of water the dam releases yearly to stay alive.

Egypt avoided disaster during some of the worst droughts in recent history, like the ones in 1972–1973, 1983–1986, and 2011–2012, all because the Aswan Dam was built.

The main good thing that the Aswan High Dam does is make electricity.

Each of the twelve generators in the system can make 175 MW of power.

With a total capacity of 2.1 gigatonnes, it was essential to getting energy to many early towns.

The Aswan Project will make it less likely that about twenty-two historical sites and buildings will flood. Archaeology has come a long way because of this discovery.

The Aswan Dam has had both good and bad results.

Some things that didn’t happen as planned when the dam was built were waterlogging and soil salinization.

One of the many unintended effects of the dam is that fishing in the area has become more challenging.

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