Last update: August 6th, 2020 at 12:30 pm
Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory features the Nile River and one of the largest man-made lakes in the world, Lake Nasser, in southern Egypt.
According to NASA, the lake took about six years to fill up with 24 cubic miles of water from the Nile after the construction of the Aswan High Dam.
Lake Nasser provides a critically important water source for agriculture and tourism in Egypt.
However, the future of the is uncertain with the current construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. The dam will be Africa’s largest for hydroelectric power, and is predicted to greatly reduce water levels in Lake Nasser.
The data for this composite image was collected from 2013 to 2020 by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8.
Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory