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Your collection marking 150 years of Nature (go.nature.com/3481arj) makes no mention of a contribution to your first issue concerning the Suez Canal, which also celebrates its 150th anniversary this month. A letter to the editor suggested that the canal developers could have flooded Egypt’s Lake Timsah, through which the canal passes, with fresh water from the Nile to render the desert fertile (see T. Login Nature 1, 24; 1869).