The High Dam
Located near Aswan, the world famous High Dam was an engineering
miracle when it was built in the 1960s. It contains 18 times the
material used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops.
The Dam is 11,811 feet long, 3215 feet thick at the base and 364
Today it provides irrigation and electricity for the whole of
Egypt and, together with the old Aswan Dam built by the British
between 1898 and 1902`, 6km down river, wonderful views for
From the top of the two Mile long High Dam you can gaze across
Lake Nassar, the huge reservoir created when it was built, to
Kalabsha temple in the south and the huge power station to the
The High Dam created a 30% increase in the cultivatable land in
Egypt, and raised the water table for the Sahara as far away as
The electricity producing capability of the Dam doubled Egypt's
The High Dam added an whole new aspect to Egypt, and a new
environment as well.
The lake is some 500 miles long and at the time it was built, if
not now, was the world's largest artificial lake.