This PROBA-V 100 m image of 5 October 2014 beautifully shows the metropolitan area of Cairo (more than 16 million inhabitants) surrounded by the desert areas and the Nile Delta. The city and recent urban extensions to the west and east show up in the middle part of the image. To the northwest and northeast, large areas of irrigated land are visible, while in the southeast the mountainous desert and some wadis can be seen. The Nile Delta, with a total area of about 25,000 km², is one of the most densely populated agricultural areas in the world, with 1,360 inhabitants per km². On the fertile soils, many crops like cotton, rice, and sugar cane are grown.