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The great river of Africa is the Blue Nile, the longest river in the world. It begins at an altitude of about 6.000 feet or 1,830 meters in the region of Lake Tana in northwestern Ethiopia. The Nile flows southwest in Ethiopia and goes northwest to Sudan before it meets at Khartoum with the White Nile to form the Nile proper. About two-thirds of the water comes from the Blue Nile.

The Blue Nile is known as the Abbai River in Ethiopia where it in part flows through a deep gorge. The river is dammed for irrigation and transportation. The river supports the growth of agricultural products such as cotton, wheat, sorghum, citrus fruit, sugarcane, and fishing. People also use the Nile for transportation with a boat to go to other parts of Ethiopia or outside the country to travel.

Beside that the Nile is so wonderful because the people like to see the waterfall and we can see a mist. The water is very clear and intense blue. In the winter it is very beautiful because it rains, and the water gets so full. Then the flow to the Nile is greater than before. So visit Ethiopia to see how wonderful the Blue Nile is.

Photo taken from Enchantment of the World: Ethiopia, by Fradin, Children's Press, 1988.

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