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(so͝od), swampy region, c.200 mi (320 km) long, and c.150 mi (240 km) wide, central South Sudan, E central Africa. It is fed by the Bahr el Jebel, the Bahr el Ghazal, and the Bahr el Arab, headwaters of the Nile. Thick aquatic vegetation (sudd) disperses the river water into numerous channels. About half the water is lost through evaporation and absorption before leaving the Sudd.

The vegetation hinders navigation and long barred attempts to trace the Nile to its source. An Egyptian expedition first succeeded in crossing the Sudd in 1840. It took much effort to clear (1899–1903) a channel for regular navigation, and constant maintenance is necessary to keep it open. Construction on a canal to circumvent the Sudd and drain swampland for agriculture began in 1978 but was suspended in 1983.

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Everything is authentic, from the Dinka wrestling, the ash-covered faces in a cattle camp, to the floating villages that inhabit the Sudd swamps.
Satellite-derived LST provides particular added value in areas where ET is not tightly coupled to local precipitation rates, such as in the heavily irrigated Nile Delta in northern Egypt and the Sudd Swamps in southern Sudan--a major sink of water along the White Nile course (fig.
The need for greater volumes of water in northeast Africa has spawned the ambitious Jonglei Canal Project in southern Sudan, designed to use the large proportion of the White Nile's flow which currently feeds the Sudd Swamps.

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