Magnetic Indications of the Position of the Mouth of the Old Canopic Branch on the Northwestern Nile Delta of Egypt

Tharwat A. El Fattah, Omran E. Frihy


A magnetic survey in the northwestern Nile Delta coast defines the position of the mouth of the old Canopic branch. The total magnetic intensity recovered from three coastal zones (Rosetta promontory, Idku outlet and west of Alexandria) was tested in this study. The study has revealed that the northern limits of extension of the old Canopic branch lies west of Idku outlet. This branch has been considered one of the seven extinct Nile distributaries during late Quaternary.


Total magnetic intensity; black sand; abandoned Nile branches

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