The 'black land' was the fertile land on the banks of the Nile. The ancient Egyptians used this land for growing their crops. This was the only land in ancient Egypt that could be farmed because a layer of rich, black silt was deposited there every year after the Nile flooded.
Also asked, what is silt and why is it important?
This activity helps students to understand the components that make up soil and their importance. Clay particles: hold water well; can become heavy and waterlogged when wet; can hold onto nutrients. Silt particles: hold water; can be hard to drain; can hold only limited nutrients.
What is silt soil used for?
Such deposits of silt are known as loess. Silty soil is usually more fertile than other types of soil, meaning it is good for growing crops. Silt promotes water retention and air circulation. Too much clay can make soil too stiff for plants to thrive.
Why was silt important to ancient Egypt?
What Was Silt Used for in Ancient Egypt? Ancient Egyptians were farmers and utilized the fine silt along the banks of the Nile River and in the Nile Delta to cultivate crops. Egyptians relied on this annual cycle to replenish the fertile soil needed for growing their crops.