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What's Good About A Flood?

Ruined rows of crops on farm Floods cause disasters, but they can also be beneficial. Whenever a river overflows its banks, it dumps sand, silt and debris that it has carried downstream onto the surrounding land. After the flood waters move away, the soil is more fertile, because of the organic matter and minerals in this material. That is, as long as there's not too much sand!

Farmers since the time of the ancient Egyptians have known about the benefits that a flood can bring. Indeed, the ancient Egyptians planned their farming, and their lives, around the regular flooding of the Nile. They learned over time that, the higher the flood, the better that year's harvest would be.

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