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Nasser (Nubia, Aswan High Dam Reservoir)

General Information

Description Lake Nasser has a surface area of 6,000 km2 and a volume of 162 km3. Its mean depth is 70m and maximum depth 110m. Lake Nasser's catchment area is 2,849,000 km2. The Aswan High Dam supplies 15% more irrigation water, additional hydroelectricity, and some degree of flood protection, but has also had serious environmental impacts including increased erosion along the lower Nile and the loss of annual silt and flood water supply.
Country Egypt
Latitude 22° 47' 20" (22.7890)
Longitude 32° 34' 50" (32.5807)
River Basin Nile

Physical Characteristics

Surface Area 3,000.00 km2


Economic Value
Major Cities

Watershed Management


Biodiversity Conservation

Species of Concern



Crop Explorer - Global Reservoir and Lake Elevation Monitoring
Crop Explorer - Lake Level Variations from TOPEX/POSEIDON and Jason-1 Altimetry for Nasser
ILEC Database (Nasser Afr19)
ILEC Database (Nasser)

Additional Data Sources

Birkett, C., and I. Mason. 1995. A new global lakes database for remote sensing programme studying climatically sensitive large lakes. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 21 (3) 307-318.
International Lake Environment Committee, the United Nations Environment Program and Environment Agency, Government of Japan. 1997. World Lakes Database.

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