National Geographic : 1957 Jan
136 Seen from a Plane Above Gulf of Suez, the Desert Flattens Out Like an Unrolled Map White specks in the gulf are ships waiting to form a convoy. Road from Cairo skirts the coast beside an oil refinery, continues into the town of Suez, and leaps the causeway into Port Taufiq. Great Bitter Lake, where convoys pass, lies 30 miles to the north. Beyond, the canal fades into the horizon.