"Lake Nasser" Temple of Abu Simbel Things to Do Tip by MalenaN

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  Lake Nasser in Abu Simbel
by MalenaN

Lake Nasser is one of the biggest artificial lakes in the world. It was created when the High Dam was built south of Aswan and it stretches more than 500 km south to Abu Simbel, and it has a maximum depth of 180 metres. A huge area was inundated and about 800 000 Nubians had to move from their homes. Also a lot of historical monuments and items are now deep under water, but several of the temples were saved and moved to higher ground, like Abu Simbel and Philae.
It is possible to go on a cruise from Aswan to Abu Simbel and on the way visit some of the saved temples.
In the lake there are big Nile perches (the record is almost 100 kg) and crocodiles. Many migrating birds stop by the lake for rest. Other animals that can be seen around the lake are foxes, gazelles, snakes and monitor lizards.

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  • Updated Jan 14, 2006
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