Identify and describe one major geographical feature of ancient Egyptian civilization. World History

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When one thinks of ancient Egypt, the pyramids of Giza immediately come to mind. The Giza Necropolis, found on the edge of the desert about 15 miles outside the capital of Cairo, consists of the three large stone structures known as the Great Pyramids as well as the Great Sphynx. One of them, the Great Pyramid of Giza (also known as the Pyramid of Cheops), is the last surviving structure of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient Word. At one time, they were the largest structures in the world, standing nearly 500 feet tall. Made of stone blocks primarily constructed by slave labor, the pyramids took hundreds of years to complete; they date to earlier than 2300 B.C.

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The most obvious and dominant geographic feature of ancient Egyptian civilization (as well as today in Egypt) to me would be the Nile River.  It's the world's longest river, stretching 2700 miles from headwaters in Sudan to the delta in Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea.

In ancient Egypt, it was mythical and spiritual, gave them life in the form of irrigation for crops and drinking water, and references to it in hieroglyphics number in the hundreds.  Animals were drawn to it as a water source, which made for plentiful and easy hunting on its banks.  Egyptian cities grew up along the river's banks and allowed its population to grow rapidly, making it the dominant civilization of its time.

There was even an Egyptian god, Hapy, that was dedicated to the Nile and the annual flooding that brought them fertile soil.

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