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Old August 31st, 2011, 07:22 PM   #1
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hkskyline's 2010 ASWAN, EGYPT Photo Collection

Aswan is historically famous for its stone quarries, supplying granite to statues, obelisks, and other grand monuments around Egypt. At this ancient quarry, an unfinished obelisk rests after artisans found a flaw with the work.

The city approaches the quarry.

The ancient Egyptians used an ingenious way to carve the rock into various shapes. They made holes in the rock, then stuffed them with pieces of wood, which were then soaked with water to expand.

The Nile divides the desert from the rest of town. Here, the sand shines against the afternoon sun on the west bank.

Money buys a ticket to the High Dam, which has created a huge lake stretching into Sudan. Here, the Nile heads north towards the Mediterranean.

The monument in the distane celebrates Soviet-Egyptian friendship. The Soviets built the dam, which opened in 1971.

On the other side, a vast lake has formed. Lake Nasser is also very serene and blue.

Further downstream, a smaller dam is located closer to town, offering better views of the Nile contrasting against the desert and settlement.

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Old August 31st, 2011, 10:51 PM   #2
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nice photos of an ancient town.
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