What ‌Is The‌ Riddle Of The Nile

Last Updated on August 7, 2021 by Neil Mackengie

Maybe‌ ‌you‌ ‌did‌ ‌not‌ ‌even‌ ‌know‌ ‌the‌ ‌Nile‌ ‌River‌ ‌had‌ ‌a‌ ‌“riddle”.‌ ‌Well,‌ ‌it‌ ‌is‌ ‌something‌ ‌that‌ ‌has‌ ‌puzzled‌ ‌people‌ ‌for‌ ‌thousands‌ ‌of‌ ‌years,‌ ‌and‌ ‌its‌ ‌hue‌ ‌to‌ ‌‌do‌ ‌with‌ ‌a‌ ‌very‌ ‌curious‌ ‌event. Every‌ ‌year‌ ‌in‌ ‌Egypt,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Nile‌ ‌River‌ ‌‌starts‌ ‌to‌ ‌rise‌ ‌in‌ ‌July‌ ‌and‌ ‌continues‌ ‌to‌ ‌rise‌ ‌until‌ ‌October,‌ ‌when‌ ‌its‌ ‌level‌ ‌is‌ ‌about‌ ‌7.5‌ ‌meters‌ ‌above‌ ‌the‌ ‌level‌ ‌in‌ ‌May.‌ ‌

The‌ Riddle Of The Nile

During‌ ‌the‌ ‌high-water‌ ‌mason,‌ ‌the‌ ‌Ntlc‌ ‌spills‌ ‌over‌ ‌its‌ ‌banks‌ ‌and‌ ‌deposits‌ ‌fertile‌ ‌silt‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌fields‌ ‌along with‌ ‌its‌ ‌court.‌ ‌What‌ ‌makes‌ ‌this‌ ‌rising‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌river‌ ‌mysterious‌ ‌is‌ ‌that‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌ ‌practically‌ ‌no‌ ‌rainfall‌ ‌in‌ ‌Egypt!‌ ‌So‌ ‌for‌ ‌hundreds‌ ‌of‌ ‌years,‌ ‌people‌ ‌have‌ ‌wondered‌ ‌‌what‌ ‌makes‌ ‌the‌ ‌Nilerise‌ ‌so‌ ‌regularly‌ ‌each‌ ‌year.‌ ‌This‌ ‌“riddle‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Nile”‌ ‌was‌ ‌not‌ ‌solved‌ ‌until‌ ‌late‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌nineteenth‌ ‌century.‌ ‌The‌ ‌Nile‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌longest‌ ‌river‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌world.‌ ‌It‌ ‌flows‌ ‌over‌ ‌4,000‌ ‌miles‌ ‌from‌ ‌south‌ ‌to‌ ‌north‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌north-eastern‌ ‌part‌ ‌of‌ ‌Africa,‌ ‌mainly‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌‌Sudan‌ ‌and‌ ‌Egypt.‌ ‌

The‌ ‌yearly‌ ‌8ooding‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Nile‌ ‌has‌ ‌made‌ ‌its‌ ‌valley‌ ‌a‌ ‌‌fertile‌ ‌ribbon‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌hot,‌ ‌dry,‌ ‌barren‌ ‌wasteland,‌ ‌and‌ ‌people‌ ‌have‌ ‌lived‌ ‌here‌ ‌for‌ ‌thousands‌ ‌of‌ years.
There‌ ‌are‌ ‌two‌ ‌great‌ ‌principal‌ ‌sources‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌River‌ ‌Nile the‌ ‌White‌ ‌‌Nile‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Blue‌ ‌Nile.‌ ‌

The‌ ‌White‌ ‌Nile‌ ‌has‌ ‌its‌ ‌origin‌ ‌at‌ ‌Lake‌ ‌Victoria‌ ‌in‌ ‌Uganda.‌ ‌It‌ ‌has‌ ‌a‌ ‌fairly‌ ‌even‌ ‌flow‌ ‌throughout‌ ‌the‌ ‌year,‌ ‌so‌ ‌it‌ ‌cannot‌ ‌cause‌ ‌‌the‌ ‌annual‌ ‌rise‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Nile‌ ‌River.‌ ‌During‌ ‌April‌ ‌and‌ ‌May,‌ ‌when‌ ‌the‌ ‌‌water‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌lower‌ ‌Nile‌ ‌is‌ ‌at‌ ‌its‌ ‌lowest,‌ ‌85‌ ‌percent‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌water‌ ‌is‌ ‌coming‌ ‌‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌White‌ ‌Nile.‌ 

But‌ ‌What‌ ‌About‌ ‌The‌ ‌Blue‌ ‌Nile?‌ ‌

It‌ ‌rises‌ ‌in‌ ‌Ethiopia.‌ ‌In‌ ‌the‌ ‌Ethiopian‌ ‌‌Mountains,‌ ‌there‌ ‌are‌ ‌heavy‌ ‌rains‌ ‌and‌ ‌melting‌ ‌snows.‌ ‌And‌ ‌when‌ ‌these‌ ‌come‌ ‌down‌ ‌every‌ ‌year,‌ ‌they‌ ‌cause‌ ‌the‌ ‌Nite‌ ‌River‌ ‌to‌ ‌rise‌ ‌and‌ ‌over8ow.‌ ‌And‌ ‌that‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌answer‌ ‌to‌ ‌“the‌ ‌riddle‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Nile”!‌ ‌ ‌ ‌When‌ ‌we‌ ‌say‌ ‌“country”,‌ ‌we‌ ‌usually‌ ‌mean‌ ‌an‌ ‌independent‌ ‌state‌ ‌that‌ ‌has‌ ‌a‌ ‌distinct‌ ‌territory‌ ‌and‌ ‌its‌ ‌own‌ ‌government.

What Are The Two Sources Of The Nile?

.‌What are the two main rivers that flow into the River Nile? The River Nile is formed from the White Nile, which originates at Lake Victoria, and the Blue Nile, which originates at Lake Tana in Ethiopia.

What are 2 Gifts of the Nile?

The two gifts of the Nile are the White Nile and the Blue Nile. Both are tributaries of the Nile River, and both flow from Lake Victoria in East Africa. The Blue Nile is the more southern of the two, flowing into Sudan and South Sudan, while the White Nile flows into Ethiopia and Sudan. Gifts of the Nile included water, transportation, trade, papyrus, fish and other animals, and rich black soil.

Who settled along the Nile river?

Ancient Egyptians

Which country is called the gift of the Nile?

Egypt is a gift of the Nile.

What were the Egyptian rulers called?

Pharaohs were a class of rulers of ancient Egypt. They were loved by their subjects so much that some of the rulers were even deified as gods. The rulers of Egypt pictured below, like the one above, are the most famous.

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