Wadi Degla Natural Protected Area

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wadi degla natural protected area May 25, 2011
Wadi Degla is one of the important valleys which extend from east to west with a length of 30 km. It passes through the limestone rocks that had remained in the marine environment during the Eocene Epoch in the eastern desert ( 60 million years ). Therefore , it is rich with fossils . The height of these rocks alongside the valley is around 50 m. A group of valleys flew into this valley. The valley has a group of animals including mammals like dear , taital , mountain rabits , red fox , feather tailed rat , oviparous , barbed rat, little tailed bat and others.

When we visited the place, construction debris and huge cement blocks were dumped at the entrance to the Wadi. A couple of hundred metres beyond what was once the mouth of the river, flies buzzed about heaps of what appeared to be cattle and poultry offal. Soon, swarms of flies and mosquitoes would have invaded the area. Two kilometres into the Wadi, its rugged natural beauty had become apparent.

Nature lover Mindy Bahaeddin once remarked: "Wadi Degla is a very unique place to introduce Cairenes to nature. It is an excellent one-day excursion for schools to organise, since it provides an opportunity to educate and enlighten children about nature. In one or two hours, visitors can experience the remoteness and complexity of the desert. The Wadi is also a valuable site for Egyptian universities, which can conduct field research there in botany, zoology, geology and environmental science."

The valley's geological life goes back more than 50 million years to the Eocene epoch. The majestic cliffs to each side of the valley were the river banks, and the valley itself was the river bed. The high cliffs are a powerful natural barrier even now, and have protected the valley's various life forms effectively.

The Petrified Forest nearby is 35 million years old. The geological formations of Wadi Degla are 50-60 million years old; if the Wadi's habitat or local environment is so different from a physiographic point of view, this is because it forms part of the northern Eocene limestone plateau," according to El-Qassass.

Only the petrified forest offers such a distinct habitat, although it lacks the richness of plant and animal life one can observe in the Wadi. None of Egypt's 20 other protected areas can boast such exceptional characteristics.
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