National Geographic : 1966 Mar
Silent flows the lifeblood of Egypt, past remnants of van ished grandeur. A new NA TIONAL GEOGRAPHIC book, The River Nile, captures the sweep and pageantry of the world's longest river. Like ships of Pharaohs, a gaiassa slips by the crumbling K6m Ombo Temple. The new Aswan High Dam, 35 miles up stream, poses no threat to it, but the rock temples of Abu Simbel in Nubia (right) would have been lost forever under Lake Nasser except for an in ternational project to carve them into blocks for reassembly above the rising waters. Skilled workmen slice the crown from one of four colossi of Ramesses II that guard the entrance to the main temple of Abu Simbel. Children thrill to a ride down the gigantic sand pile that protects the facade during dismantling. EKTACHROMES(RIGHT) BY GEORGGERSTER© N.G.S . AND F. L. KENNETT© GEORGERAINBIRD LTD. Golden funerary mask of King Tutankhamun preserves the features of the young Phar aoh. His tomb, discovered in 1922, revealed a treasure trove of precious artifacts buried with him 3,300 years ago. Today the Egyptian Museum in Cairo exhibits the unique collection.