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Created: Feb 22, 2011, modified: Jan 13, 2012, overall rating: 0.000
The Western and the Eastern Deserts of Egypt




Egypt is divided into four major parts:

1. The Nile Valley and Delta
2- The Western Desert
3- The Eastern Desert
4- The Sinai Peninsula

The Western Desert

It extends from the Nile Valley in the East to the Libyan borders in the west, and from the Mediterranean in the north to Egypt’s Southern borders. It is divided into:
• The Northern section includes the coastal plane, the northern plateau and the Great Depression, Natroun Valley and Baharia Oasis
• The Southern section includes Farafra, Kharga, Dakhla, and el-Owainat in the extreme south.

The Eastern Desert

Extends from the Nile Valley in the West to the Red Sea, Suez Gulf, and Suez Canal in the East, and from Lake Manzala on the Mediterranean in the North to Egypt’s southern borders with Sudan in the south. The Eastern Desert is marked with the Eastern Mountains that extend along the Red Sea with peaks that rise to about 3000 feet above sea level. This desert is rich with natural resources including various ores such as gold, coal, and oil.

The Western Desert occupies an area of about 671,000 km2.

The Eastern Desert occupies about a quarter of the total area of Egypt, (some 225,000 km2).

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See Road Map for routs in deserts and oases of Egypt.
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