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Swedish Company To Save Egyptian Temples

Published måndag 18 oktober 2004 kl 12.56

A Swedish company has been hired to protect two Egyptian temples from rising groundwater.

SWECO, a Stockholm based engineering and environmental technology company, has received an order to supervise a U.S led project to rescue the ancient temples of Luxor and Karnark in Southern Egypt, which are in danger from rising water.

The two temples, are among Egypt’s most significant cultural treasures and are included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The bases of the temples are eroding as a result of rising groundwater, which causes water with a high salt content to be absorbed by the foundations.  As the water evaporates, the salt in it crystalizes and
disintegrates the porous sandstone used to build the temples.

The Swedish company says it has previously found solutions that can save the temples and lower the groundwater.

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