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|Egypt is one of the oldest
civilizations, dating back over 6000 years.
Population: 55 million people
Geographic size: 387,000 square miles
Major cities and population: Cairo, Alexandria, El Giza, Suez, Asyut, Luxor, Aswan, and El Minya
|Egypt borders on the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. The Nile, the world's longest river, flows through Egypt on its way to the Mediterranean Sea. Most major cities, including about 99% of the population, lie along the Nile River.|
|Most of western Egypt is desert. Winds blowing the sand can create sand dunes hundreds of feet high.|
|Egypt still has many
reminders of its ancient civilization. Some of the
pyramids are over 4,500 years old.
In Ancient Egypt the King, or Pharaoh, built temples to the gods. The King would prepare for his death by building a great tomb or temple to be worshipped as a god. These are the great pyramids.
|Oil and natural gas are two of Egypts major industries. Chemical and steel production are also important industries. The banks of the Nile River provide rich soil for farming dates, grapes and cotton. Other industries include textiles and food processing.|
|Ancient Egypt was one
of the earliest cultures.
Great temples were built to honour the gods. While many were in the shape of pyramids, others took on the form of their Pharaoh. The Sphinx at Giza has the body of a lion and the head of a Pharaoh. The word Sphinx is Egyption meaning "living image."
|During the first Egyption
dynasty the idea of writing developed in a pictorial
script known as hieroglyphics.
Egyptions told stories about the creation of their world, and about their society using hieroglyphs.
|Most people in Egypt live in cities along the Nile River. Egypt still maintains much of its traditional culture.|
|Egypt is very hot and dry. Temperatures regularly exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and rain is very scarce.|