The majority of Egypt's landmass is a flat and featureless desert which supports only minimal vegetation. In the upper eastern corner of the North African country, the mountainous Sinai Peninsula borders Israel and is separated from the rest of the African landmass by the Suez Canal. Egypt is a transcontinental country in which the Isthmus of Suez serves as a land bridge between the continents of Africa and Asia.Continue Reading
One of Egypt's defining characteristics is the Nile River and its delta. Without the benefit of the Nile River's waters, Egypt might have become as empty as the other regions of North Africa covered by the Sahara Desert. The Nile is flanked by floodplains that widen as the river flows north to the Mediterranean Sea, eventually fanning out to form the Nile Delta north of Cairo, the nation's capital. Due to the arid condition of the rest of the country, the population centers are around the narrow Nile Valley and the Nile Delta, with 99 percent of the population using only about 5.5 percent of the country's territory.
The Giza Necropolis is Egypt's most iconic man-made physical characteristic, with its pyramids and the Great Sphinx representing a huge tourist attraction. A much more recent man-made physical feature is the Suez Canal, which is considered the most important component of Middle Eastern maritime transport. Opened to shipping in 1869 after 10 years of construction work, Egypt's artificial waterway traversing the Isthmus of Suez connects the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea. The Suez Canal enables ship transport between Europe and Asia to take place without a need to navigate around Africa.Learn more about Africa
Egypt is a located in the eastern part of North Africa and at the southwest corner of Asia. Because of its geographical location, it is called a transcontinental country. The vast and rugged Sinai Peninsula extends to Southwest Asia and serves as a land link between the two continents.Full Answer >
Egypt is a fairly rich area for natural resources, but the primary resources are oil and natural gas, explains PBS. Egypt borders the Mediterranean Sea, which contains huge sea beds filled with oilfields. This oil has created a booming natural gas and oil industry in Egypt. The country also has access to natural mineral resources, including vast amounts of gold, and some natural biological resources as well.Full Answer >
Egypt has a variety of fun and unique facts, including the fact that the country is home to the Great Pyramid of Giza, considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, and a number of other smaller pyramids. The country's ancient civilization dates back to 3150 B.C.Full Answer >
Egypt rests in Northern Africa, situated between the Libya and the Gaza Strip and sharing borders with the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea and the Sinai Peninsula. Egypt belongs to the African continent, but like many Northern African nations, bears strong cultural resemblance to many Middle Eastern nations. Egypt boasts a distinct history and serves as home to many iconic features, including ancient pyramids and the Nile River.Full Answer >