Tourism is also an important part of Egypt’s economy, with visitors flocking to see the famous ancient monuments and to enjoy the country’s beautiful beaches.
A wonderful slice of Ancient Egyptian life is about to go on display in the UK, after being in storage for over four decades, offering us a glimpse into life as a kid learning his letters nearly 2,000 years ago.
But each summer, the Nile river rises because of rains at its source, far to the south in Ethiopia.
When this happens, floods cover the river’s valleys, leaving sediments needed for trees, plants and crops to grow.
People have lived in that region for thousands and thousands of years.
The Ancient Egyptians settled around the Nile River, and built pyramids that you can still see there today.) of large animals like elephants, hippos, leopards and cheetahs.These animals were once common in Egypt, but they are now rare or extinct because of hunting and habitat loss.Egypt is home to a wide variety of animals and plants, including cheetahs, hyenas, crocodiles and cobras.The best places to see Egypt’s wildlife are in its 21 protected regions, which include oases, deserts, mountains, coastal areas, river islands and wetlands.The Ancient Egyptians knew a lot about maths, medicine and farming.They also made their own paper out of reeds called papyrus, and wrote using pictures called hieroglyphics. Over the centuries, they learned the best ways to grow crops in the dry land around the Nile River – but, they’d use different kinds of machines to get water from the river to their crops so the plants would grow.It is thought these types of tablets were used with a stylus (like a precursor of Black Berrys, really the ancient Egyptians were ahead of their time), one end sharpened to make the mark, the other flat that when heated up could remove mistakes by melting the wax.That the tablet – about the size of a paperback book, or, again prophetically, your electronic tablet of choice – survived nearly 2,000 years is impressive.Egypt’s most valuable resources are oil and gas, which are exported to other countries.Other exports include metals, textiles, livestock and chemical products.