The famous Suez Canal in Egypt has been observed by the powerful eye of PRISMA, a #satellite with hyperspectral technology, developed for #ASI– Agenzia Spaziale Italiana by #OHBItalia.
The Suez Canal, dug in the isthmus that joined Egypt to Arabia, is as waterway linking the #MediterraneanSea with the #RedSea (avoiding the need to circumnavigate Africa). The opening of the canal facilitated communications between Europe and South and East Asia. It was inaugurated in 1869 under French control to provide a shorter route between the Indian and Atlantic Oceans.
Today, the canal is managed by the state-owned Suez Canal Authority and it is an important source of income for the Egyptian government.
The area at the top of the picture is located near Port Said where the outflow of the canal into the Mediterranean Sea can be clearly seen. The regular grid in the right-hand portion of the image indicates the presence of extensive areas dedicated to aquaculture.
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