Erosion of the Nile Delta Coast

by Farouk M. Abdel-Aal, Univ of Cairo, Cairo, Egypt,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '85


The construction of the High Aswan Dam has resulted in a total absence of River Nile flow into the Mediterranean, and a corresponding loss of the sediment source for the Delta. However, the action of waves and currents remained the same and continued in eroding and changing the Delta configuration. The coast is now suffering from severe erosion and local shoreline retreat. The eroded sediment is carried eastward by the longshore currents.

Subject Headings: Sediment | Littoral drift | Erosion | Wave action | River bank stabilization | Piping erosion | Ocean currents | Nile River

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