The Origin of the Great Bend of the Nile from SIR-C/X-SAR Imagery

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Science  06 Dec 1996:
Vol. 274, Issue 5293, pp. 1696-1698
DOI: 10.1126/science.274.5293.1696


The course of the Nile in northern Sudan follows a contorted path through Precambrian bedrock. Radar imagery shows that basement structures control the river's course in this region. Northward-flowing segments follow Precambrian fabrics, whereas east-west segments follow faults of much younger age. These faults may reflect recent uplift of the Nubian Swell and deflection of the river to the southwest to form the great bend of the Nile.