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ESV Global Study Bible :: old testament facts :: Amos Fact #7: Annual flooding of the Nile

ESV Global Study Bible :: Amos Fact #7: Annual flooding of the Nile

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Fact: Annual flooding of the Nile

The annual flooding of the Nile (8:8) took place from the months of June to September. Monsoon rains from the mountains to the south would overflow the banks of the Nile, bringing with it the fertile silt from the river. Crops could then be sown in October and harvested in February. This cycle went on for thousands of years until 1970, when Egypt completed construction on the Aswan High Dam, which captures the floodwaters for hydroelectric power.


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