Faced with hunger and starvation in the near future, Egypt played what is considered its trump card gambling on the Nasser Dam to save the nation. Today, experts are finding Egypt's biggest gamble may go down as one of the nation's most tragic mistakes. The Nasser Dam - popularly known as the Aswan High Dam - stands as a concrete monument of man's achievement in the desert wilderness of Upper Egypt. It gave Egypt, a poor nation, the world's biggest rockfill dam and North Africa the second largest man-made lake. (Zambia's Lake Kariba is the largest.) The Soviet Union received well over five hundred million dollars' worth of propaganda - its share of the 1.2 billion-dollar project.
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