Abstract

Satellite imageries from Landsat ETM+ and ERS (European Remote Sensing) Radar sensors, together with elevation data collected by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) in addition to recent and older bibliography, have led to the hypothesis that, before the Late Messinian drawdown of the Mediterranean Sea, the River Nile flowed into the Libyan palaeo-Sirt. The study is still in progress; in this paper data are presented from three areas, showing evidence of palaeo-drainage of Tortonian-Late Messinian age, that could be considered sufficient to delineate the course of the Nile River up to the Gulf of Sirt (fig. 1).

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