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Technical paper: Drainage for the Abu Simbel temples

Lennart Berg, MSc and Ake Dahlstrom, MSc. This paper was first published in GE’s March 1971 edition.

The major operation of salvaging the two famous Abu Simbel temples in southern Egypt in the years 1964-1968 involved many different and unusual problems. One problem of the utmost importance was to prevent the Nile water, free or as ground water, from coming in touch with the friable sandstone of the temples. This article gives a short description of the measures taken to deal with this problem, especially the ground water.

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