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Note on Egyptian Irrigation

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IN entering upon any account of Egyptian irrigation it is necessary, at first, to point out that it consists of two very broad subdivisions: (1) the irrigation effected by the Nile flood when there is rich muddy water in abundance for a land thrice as big as Egypt, and when everyone considers it his absolute right to have his fields flooded without the expense or trouble of raising the water artificially; and (2) the irrigation effected by the Nile at its lowest, in those hot months of May and June when the water surface is 20 feet below that of the field, and when it is only by the strictest economy that we can water an area not exceeding one-fourth of the whole of Egypt.

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  1. Under-Secretary of State, Public Works Department. Cairo, March 5, 1891.



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