Reduction of soil fertility downstream due to impoundment


River Nile used to deposit 100 million tons of sediment a year on nearly one million hectares of land in the Nile Valley. After the building of the Aswan Dam, the Nile deposits only a few tons of sediment per year, most of that comes as a result of riverbed erosion, meaning the gradual loss of riverbed soils. To compensate the silt trapped behind the dam, Egypt must apply artificial fertilizers on an ever increasing scale.

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Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST