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Oasis
The Western Desert covers an area of some 700,000 km2; this immense desert to the west of the Nile spans the area from the Mediterranean Sea southwards to the Sudanese border. The Great Sand Sea lies within the desert's plain and extends from the Siwa Oasis to Jilf al Kabir.

Egyptian oases correspond fairly with the Hollywood/Disney-like image of an oasis, where sand dunes suddenly turn into lush palm groves with a fresh-water pond in the middle. Some of th...

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Oasis
The Western Desert covers an area of some 700,000 km2; this immense desert to the west of the Nile spans the area from the Mediterranean Sea southwards to the Sudanese border. The Great Sand Sea lies within the desert's plain and extends from the Siwa Oasis to Jilf al Kabir.

Egyptian oases correspond fairly with the Hollywood/Disney-like image of an oasis, where sand dunes suddenly turn into lush palm groves with a fresh-water pond in the middle. Some of the oases have blurred borders, where the gardens and settlements in the outskirts are poor and ugly. Other oases begin almost suddenly after you climb down into the bowl where water is naturally pumped up from the ground, and agriculture is possible.

And that is very much the true reason for the existence of Egypt's oases. Water is pressed up from underground water reservoirs, water which can be distributed through canals to allow extensive agriculture.

Until a few decades ago, before the roads were built, the oases were quite isolated from the rest of the world. Most of the inhabitants never left the oasis through their entire lives. Culture, lifestyles, clothes and even language could be unique from oasis to oasis. Much of this diversity is disappearing these days, but still there is plenty left to intrigue visitors. Tourism has had a positive impact on the oases; the inhabitants have been taught that they possess something unique, so valuable that people from the other side of the world come to discover it.

The Oases of Western Desert extending from the Fayoum Oasis which lies 60 kilometers (37 mi) southwest of Cairo, to Siwa in the north of the Desert , and south where the Bahariya, Farafra, and Dakhlah oases before reaching the country's largest oasis, Khargah.
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