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Several times over the past 80 years, the Egyptians have considered developing a power generating station tens of meters below sea level in the Qattara Depression using the difference in head between sea level and the Qattara Depression to generate electrical power. The key to the longevity of the system is the fact that evaporation could balance influx so that the resulting lake in the Depression could be stabilized at a constant level. The last time the study was done, GIS computer software and satellite imaging and elevation data weren't available. The story line for the students is that the Egyptian government has just hired them to use modern GIS technology to reassess the viability of the project. They want them to 1) provide accurate projections for how much water could be piped from the Med and balanced by lake evaporation at various configurations, 2) estimate how much power could be generated, 3) recommend an optimum configuration for lake level, power station location, holding pond location, and channel/tunnel location, and 4) recommend whether the government should proceed with bidding out a cost estimate for the system. The four documents posted for downloading consist of a the main project assignment, a preparatory assignment, and several in-class activities that students worked on together. Overall, though, this is not a group project - students work individually. You can also download a GIS Primer (Acrobat (PDF) 1.2MB Mar30 10) that we have written, which is a simple GIS "how-to" manual for tasks including those used in this exercise.
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