National Geographic : 1940 Apr
© National Geographic Society kodachrome by IS.Anthony ntewart A CLEAVERLIKE LINE CUTS DESERT FROM THE RIBBON OF FARMLANDALONG THE NILE All of Egypt would be like the rest of the vast Sahara were it not for the Nile's beneficent floodsand intensive irrigation. Onlittle more than three per cent of the Nation's land live nearly 16 million people. To conserve precious arable acres, farmers near thecliff tombs ofBeni Hasan have built their village (right) on higher desert land. In the foreground is a cemetery of domed buildings thatlook like beehives.