The High Dam

High Dam

The High Dam of Aswan is one of the most important projects ever accomplished in modern Egypt. It saved Egypt from being destroyed by the flood of the Nile River and provided Egypt with water and electricity. The work began in 1960 and was completed in 1971. It measures 111 meters in height, 3,600 meters in length, and 1 kilometer in width. As a result of its construction, Lake Nasser was formed between Egypt and Sudan. It is considered to be the largest man made lake. Because of raising the water behind the dam, a lot of Nubian monuments have been damaged or sunk. With the UNESCO’s help, Egypt was able to save some monuments from being destroyed.