The Nile and the Pyramids - before and after the floods
Here is (1) a nineteenth century painting of the Pyramids in time of flood [June and September – akhet
– the inundation] (2) in an early twentieth century photograph (3) a recent after-the-dam photograph by trexcali. Were the climate change of the past 10,000 years to be repeated the River Nile would reclaim its flood plain. Egypt’s cities should have been built on the Red Land (desret
), not on the Black Land (kemet
) – and Egypt’s urban growth should still be on desert land, conserving what is left of one of best places on earth for agriculture, horticulture and garden design.