> Are you referring to the two heaps of stones Dune
> is curious about? If so, they're not very far
> apart and how would that exclude an embankment?
I would expect the ruins of an embankment to be a continual line of stones rather than two points.
> Say what? Have you seen a flood? Do you know what
> river current is? A flood occurs because of too
> much water FLOWING. If it's not moving, it's a
> pond or lake. The Nile isn't a contained swimming
> pool wherein flood waters would just gently rise.
> How do you know if "this" flood was warm and
> barely moving? Are you saying the Nile is stagnant
> and has no current?
The water was very muddy and left up to an inch of mud behind saving the Egyptians the trouble of plowing. This dark colored water absorbed vast amounts of sunlight in the cloudless sunny desert. It also absorbed heat all the way from the Ethiopian highlands where most of it originated. It was aerated at the cataracts and then spread gently over the entire delta where it had a large amount of surface area relative its volume to absorb ambient and infrared heat. Of course it was moving but most of the actual flow was in the deep areas and the actual riverbed. The peripheries barely moved and this would even include the Ur Nile that flowed in this area (probably) because this river was not in flood and was extremely wide at the cliff face.
If the river were violent it would have removed surface material not deposited a fine layer of mud.
> Isn't that what I said? The stones have
> washed/slid down. Sliding would cause haphazard,
> unless you expect they would neatly stack up.
There is at least one stone neatly on top of another. Perhaps it was moved intentionally.
> Then why do you suppose stone is used to reinforce
> 'fragile' (weak) areas in waterways? And what
> exactly was the condition of the cliff at the time
> those stones were placed? Was it a weak area that
> needed to be reinforced? Or was it solid and has
> since weakened? If so, what weakened it, what made
> it 'fragile'?
Great questions and one I've pondered for years.
All I can say with certainty is that they filled in the area just north of the NE corner. This fill was necessary to shape the cliff face and build the "Ladder of Set" and strongly implies there was very little deposition on the cliff face at the time of construction.