Monday, 29 November 2010

Ancient Egyptian lake as big as Lake Erie

A dry, sand-covered region of Egypt was home 100,000 years ago to a lake as large as one of the Great Lakes, US researchers say.

Radar images taken from the space shuttle confirm that a lake wider than Lake Erie once existed a few hundred miles west of the Nile River, ScienceNews.org reported.

From the time it first appeared about 250,000 years ago, the lake in Egypt’s Tushka region would have grown and shrunk periodically until finally drying up about 80,000 years ago, researchers say.

Read more: Ethiopean Review

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