Their advance was impeded by the sudd, and, after writing discouraging reports, their attempt was abandoned.
There was found to be large quantities of grass weed and sudd in the Nile at no great distance from Fashoda.
The sudd was found to be piled up and of almost as close a structure as peat.
The sudd, it is supposed, stopped the advance of the Roman centurions who were sent up the Nile in the days of Nero.
At length the sudd becomes soft and yields to the pressure of the water, and then the Nile is navigable again.
Baker cut through fifty miles of the sudd, and urged the khdive to reopen the Nile.
Scrambling away, they beheld the head of a crocodile protruding through the sudd.
The Sudan government, however, sent engineering parties to remove the sudd blocks and open out a continuous waterway.