Nile Delta: The Defunct Pelusiac Branch Identified

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Science  06 Apr 1973:
Vol. 180, Issue 4081, pp. 59-61
DOI: 10.1126/science.180.4081.59


The course of the ancient Pelusiac branch of the Nile River has been traced on a deltaic plain east of the Suez Canal, between the El Baqar Canal and Tell el Farama (ancient Pelusium). Two minor distributaries branched northward. The critical stage in the process of the silting up of the lower reaches of the Pelusiac branch, due to prograding beach accretion, occurred around A.D. 25. Ancient ruins in the area are closely associated with the courses.