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Michele Zone

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Aswan Dam

Effect of the Aswan High Dam on prevalence of schistosomiasis in Egypt.

I don't really have a good article at my fingertips, but it cost a fortune, the build up of silt behind it is going to drastically shorten the intended lifespan, it caused local farmers to have to spend mega bucks on fertilizer, it caused an increase in schistomiasis...etc.

It achieved its goals of controlling all that icky flooding that the entire civilization of Egypt was historically founded upon, but at quite a cost.