Excerpt from Universal Geography, or a Description of All Parts of the World, on a New Plan, Vol. 4: According to the Great Natural Divisions of the Globe, Accompanied With Analytical, Synoptical, and Elementary Tables; Containing the Description of Africa and Adjacent Islands
... />The rise of the Nile commences with the summer sol stice. The river attains its greatest height at the autumnal equinox, continues stationary for some days, then dimi nishes at a less rapid rate than it rose. At the winter sol stice it is very low, but some water still remains in the large canals. At this period the lands are put under cul ture. The soil is covered with a fresh layer of slime of greater or less thickness.
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