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It is 980 meters thick at the base and 40 meters at the top.
The average capacity of the dam's reservoir (Lake Nasser) is 135 billion cubic meters with a maximum capacity of 157 billion cubic meters.
Aswan's High Dam is modern Egypt's most lauded and yet controversial building project.
The river here is speckled with islands holding picturesque mud-brick Nubian villages, and hemmed by the West Bank's colossal sand dunes.Ancient Egyptians measured the Niles rise and fall with these stone-hewn wells allowing them to estimate the height of the annual flood and thus predict the success of their harvest.Once you've finished exploring the ruins head north into the island to wander the backstreets of the villages of Koti and Siou where the houses are painted with vibrantly colored designs.A four-lane highway runs across the top of the dam where there is a triumphal arch and an inscription commemorating the completion and the cooperation between Egypt and the Soviet Union to build it.
Trips to the Aswan High Dam are often included on day trips to Abu Simbel, or you can easily hire a taxi to get here. Simeon sits between the sand dunes on the Nile's West Bank.Aswan's Northern Quarry is home to the famous Unfinished Obelisk - a 41-meter-long and four-meter-wide chunk of stone that was probably abandoned because of a crack in the rock.