- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: September 11, 2000
Going far beyond its construction, this is a fascinating look at the massive dam that transformed Egypt.
Gamal Adbel Nasser, the first prime minister of the Arab Republic of Egypt, has a bold plan for bringing his poor country into the 20th century. Many of the pressing problems facing the nation could be solved with one thing--the construction of a dam across the Nile.
The Egyptians, builders of pyramids and the Suez Canal, were no strangers to large undertakings. But the actual construction of the dam would pale in comparison to the social, political, cultural and agricultural ramifications that would become its legacy. MODERN MARVELSTM follows the course of the dam's construction from the drawing board to its grand opening and beyond with the help of historians, engineers and the people who helped Nasser's vision come true. See how the effects of the Aswan Dam went far beyond flood and famine control, impacting aspects of Egyptian life that Nasser never anticipated.
Engineering can change history itself. The Aswan Dam is perhaps the most perfect example of this.