• Question: Which is deeper the river thames or the river nile?

    Asked by epicshelby to Cassie, Greg, Karen, Sofia, Tommy on 18 Nov 2013.
    • Photo: Karen Bacon

      Karen Bacon answered on 18 Nov 2013:

      I don’t know this one! I would imagine that the Nile is deeper, at least at some point, but I know that the Thames can become quite deep in parts too. The Thames does get quite shallow near to the coast though. I’m interested to see if anyone else knows 🙂

    • Photo: Sofia Franco

      Sofia Franco answered on 18 Nov 2013:

      When I was in Egypt I remember being told that the deepest part in the Nile was in Aswan dam, about 180m deep…I guess the Thames will vary a bit, specially the areas heavily influenced by tides, but I would guess it would not be way over 20m deep…though tides can add quite a few meters to this! So I cannot give you a final value ;( sorry!

    • Photo: Thomas Doherty-Bone

      Thomas Doherty-Bone answered on 19 Nov 2013:

      As I am in a River Basin’s group at the moment, I should really have a crack at this:

      Rivers vary by their depth, getting deeper as they go downhill. Things like reservoirs are going to complicate this though. Time of year is also (rains)

      Average depth of Thames = not clear due to tides, but have seen 5 metres being thrown around.
      Average depth of Nile = 8-11 metres

      And these values can change if a lot of sediment is somehow deposited on the river’s beds.

    • Photo: Cassandra Raby

      Cassandra Raby answered on 20 Nov 2013:

      I know nothing about rivers – so I’m glad these guys could give a better answer than me.

      All I know is that even though the River Nile is massive, it loses a lot of the water through evaporation.
      Where I work in Namibia we have a river that runs right next to our tents… but it only flows at certain times of the year. It’s crazy how much the environment can change across seasons, from having a full flowing river to having nothing but sands!