National Geographic : 1926 Mar
Photograph by Gaddis and Self A LAND RICH WITH THE SPOILS OF TIME AND TIDE From time immemorial the prosperity of Egypt has depended upon the swollen flood that comes down the Blue Nile and inundates the narrow valley lying between the Libyan and the Arabian deserts. Here, at Luxor, the water almost laps the ruinsof theRamesseum and completely surrounds the Colossi of Memnon, which may be seen in midstream to the right (see, also, illustration on oppositepage). The Ramesseum was thepalace of Rameses II and in its time was one of the most gorgeous and extensive of human habitations. Across the river isaflourishing field ofsugar cane.