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Why was the nile river so important to the lives of ancient Egyptians?

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To the ancient Egyptians the Nile river meant life.
The Nile's annual inundation period from June to September brought with it rich black loam. This was called kmt or kemet and was so rich in nutrients the farmers could harvest up to three crops a year.
The ancient Egyptians referred to themselves as the people of Kemet or the black land.
The inundation began in the mountains of Ethiopia and Uganda.It was not until the 18th century AD that the souce of the Nile was located.
To predict the time (within days) of the coming inundation and its intensity, devises called Nilometers were situated a points along the river.
Until the Aswan dam was built the Nile Valley was very prone to disasterous flooding that would wash away livestock, housing, crops and cause thousands of deaths.
The Nile has always been the highway of Egypt and served the Egyptian people in travel and trade.
It brought the huge granite and limestone blocks to the site of the pyramid builders. As well serving The Pharoah on his final journey. Special diversions and small harbours were created at Giza to allow the landing of the Pharoahs body at the temple built on it shore. This was often were the mummification process took place.
In life and in death the Nile ruled the lives of the ancient Egyptian people. They were aware that if the Nile and the inundation did not exist, then there would be no Egyptian civilization and a nomadic lifestyle would have continued.

The Machine
it provided water for drinking and agriculture, and food and fish. Was a good means of transportation too since most towns where located along the river.

old lady
The Nile river was, and is, the lifeblood of Egypt. In ancient times it provided the main artery of travel, and the annual floods renewed and refreshed the fields, ensuring good crops. Years in which the Nile did not flood were usually years of famine.

'cuz it washed away soil nutrients from Ethiopia and fed their land for free

the nile river produced silt, very fertile soil, in which the egyptians planted their staple crop, wheat. cats were considered sacred b/c they killed snakes and rodents that damaged the wheat, but did not harm the wheat themselves.

Life substaining water for drinking, irrigation
Flooded regularly, creating fertile land around it
A means of travel...commerce...defense

Jen G
Water, water, water. What more can I say.

Ahmad E
well, it was the only water source they had that was

Well it meant life to those people, it affered food through making there plants grow and fish, plus all the gods associated with the river in itself.

It was their main mode od transpertation, drinking water, and suaege. They depended on the nile.

They used the water for irrigation and to drink and all the things we use water for today. It was a desert like climate and if we lived on the desert the river of water would be important.

Life needs water, and the Nile was handy.

Because there were no railroads or airlines at that time.
The Nile was the main means of transportation and water, agriculture, etc.....Duh!!

it was so important because the Nile floods annually and after it flooded the people used the soil for farming. it was and still is a major agricultural resource .It was also an important transportation route and a good source of fresh water.

Sufyan D
cause they use it for farming - transportation- trade - and they conceder it holly reiver

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