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The Nile is the longest river in the world and is located in northeastern Africa Its principal source is Lake Victoria in east central Africa The Nile flows north through Uganda Sudan and Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea with a total distance of 5584 km From its remotest headstream in Burundi the river is 6671 km long The river basin covers an area of more than 3349000 sq km Not only is the Nile considered a wonder by Herodotus but by people all over the world due to its impotance to the growth of a civilization The first great African civilization developed in the northern Nile Valley in about 5000 BC Dependent on agriculture this state called Egypt relied on the flooding of the Nile for irrigation and new soils It dominated vast areas of northeastern Africa for millennia Ruled by Egypt for about 1800 years the Kush region of northern Sudan subjugated Egypt in the 8th century BC Pyramids temples and other monuments of these civilizations blanket the river valley in Egypt and northern Sudan To Egypt the Nile is seen as the fountain of life Every year between the months of June and October the great rivers of the Nile rush north and flood the highlands of Etiopia The flooding surges of the land and leaves behind water for the people and fertile land which can be used for agriculture The impact the Nile has on Egypt during the ancient times and present are consierably apparent The influence the Nile has is so extensive that even the speech is transposed For example To go north in the Egyption language is the same as to go down stream to go south the same as to go upstream Also the term for a foreign country in Egypt would be used as highland or desert because the only mountains or deserts would be far away and foreign to them The Nile certainly had an exceptional influence
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