VINTAGE EGYPTIAN SOVIET UNION US BRITAIN PROJECT: Aswan Dam Large Format Photo For Sale
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VINTAGE EGYPTIAN SOVIET UNION US BRITAIN PROJECT: Aswan Dam Large Format Photo
Image measuring approximately 11-1/2 x 14 of the Aswan (also known as Assuan Dam), located in Egypt. Titled in hand in the margin as 'Assuan Dam'. On a larger chipped gray mount.
Aswan Dam (as-wahn, as-wahn) Dam just south of Aswan, a city in southern Egypt, on the Nile River. One of the world's largest dams. The United States and Britain withdrew financial aid for the dam's construction in 1956, after which the Soviet Union took over much of the financing.
TheAswan Dam, or more specifically since the 1960s, theAswan High Dam, is anembankment dambuilt across between 1960 and 1970. Its significance largely eclipsed the previousAswan Low Daminitially completed in 1902 downstream. Based on the success of the Low Dam, then at its maximum utilization, construction of the High Dam became a key objective of the government following theEgyptian Revolution of 1952; with its ability to control flooding better, provide increased water storage for irrigation and generatehydroelectricitythe dam was seen as pivotal to Egypt's plannedindustrialization. Like the earlier implementation, the High Dam has had a significant effect on Egypt.
Before the High Dam was built, even with the old dam in place, the annualflooding of the Nileduring late summer had continued to pass largely unimpeded down the valley from itsEast Africandrainage basin. These floods brought high water with annually enriched the fertilesoilalong this predictability had made the Nile valley ideal for farming sinceancient times. However, this natural flooding varied, since high-water years could destroy the wholecrop, while low-water years could create widespreaddroughtand associatedfamine. Both these events had continued to occur periodically. AsEgypt's populationgrew and technology increased, both a desire and the ability developed to completely control the flooding, and thus both protect and supportfarmlandand its economically importantcottoncrop. With the greatly increasedreservoirstorage provided by the High Aswan Dam, the floods could be controlled and the water could be stored for later release over multiple years.
The Aswan Dam was designed by the Moscow-basedHydroproject Institute
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