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Saba the Farmer

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Nile
*Longest river in the world located in Africa (4,150 miles)
*Flows northward and empties into the Mediterranean Sea
*Overflows once a year
Irrigation System - channels and dikes
watering of dry land by means of
channels-lets water flow
dikes-stop the flow of water
Delta
triangle (or fan shape) fertile marshy land at the mouth of a river -
*Most egyptians lived in the Delta
Nilometer
Measuring device use to help predict the height of coming flood waters
Meditterranean Sea
A sea that the Nile empties into
Shaduf
ancient tool used to scoop water
(clay weight on one end and bucket on the other)
Flax
a plant harvested into grain
(makes clothing and sitting mats)
papyrus
plant that grows along the Nile - papyrus can be used to make baskets, sandals and paper
fertile valley
a small village north of the Thebes the Capital of Egypt - the soil here is replenished when Nile floods
locusts
the plague of locusts is when the sky turns blackened by insects and ate everything in their path
Shait, season of inundation
Mid July to October
waters of the Nile flood and bring silt to make fertile soil
Shemu, season of the harvest
February to May
Crops are gathered by members of the family and great feasts are planned
Piruit, season of emergence
water starts to recede
soil is reading for planting
mattock
type of plow used to plant
Lower Egypt
found in Northern Egypt (near the Delta)
Nile Delta region
Upper Egypt
found in Southern Egypt (upstream)
fertile
enriched soil good for farming
Egypt
located on the continent of Africa
Silt
mixture of tiny bits of rocks and soil
Why do people need water from the Nile
because the country gets very little rain'
What is the Nile protected by on all sides from invasion?
Mountains, deserts or water
How did Egyptian farmers control the waters of the Nile?
*used irrigation through a series of canals, dikes and irrigation ditches
*trapped floodwaters from river -saved in basins
*used shaouf to lift the water from Nile to basin
*farmers depended on the flooding to grow crops
Where is the only land with soil able to grow crops?
along the banks of the Nile - known as the fertile valley - fertile land crops grow well and plenty to eat - floodwaters carried silt which enriched soil
Greek Historian "Herodotus"
Called Egypt the Gift of the Nile because of Egypts highly developed civilization to the Nile - Egypt would be a desert without the Nile!