Egypt from outer space.

DestinAsian - - DEPARTMENTS - —James Louie

As far back as the fourth cen­tury B.C., Greek his­to­rian Herodotus ob­served that Egypt was “an ac­quired coun­try, the gift of the Nile,” ow­ing its very sur­vival to the life-giv­ing wa­ters flow­ing down from a mys­te­ri­ous source, now iden­ti­fied as the Great Lakes re­gion of cen­tral Africa and the Ethiopian High­lands. Even to­day the pop­u­la­tion of mod­ern Egypt re­mains con­cen­trated in the Nile Delta and a rib­bon of fer­tile land snaking through the in­hos­pitable desert. This photo—taken from the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion by a mem­ber of the Rus­sian-led Ex­pe­di­tion 36 mis­sion— gives an astro­naut’s-eye view of it all.

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