Geography of Africa (Intermediate) Terms Weeks 1-5

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a very dry area receiving less than 10 inches of rain per year


land that can be cultivated

Sahel (sa HEL)

transition area in western and central Africa directly south of the Sahara Desert. It is semi-arid grassland with sparse vegetation.


tropical grassland with scattered trees with wet/dry seasons


cliff or steep slope separating two nearly flat land surfaces


a large steep waterfall

Salt pan

an accumulation of salt on the floor of a desert basin


a channel cut through the desert by water; a dry river bed


gravel-covered plain


sand dune


long period without rainfall


extreme scarcity of food


an area made fertile by a source of fresh water in an otherwise arid region


livestock herders who migrate seasonally in search of pasture, food, or water

Ethnic group

a group of people that have similar racial, cultural, and language backgrounds

Subsistence farming

farming in which crops are grown for food (not for sale)


the point at which two streams or rivers meet and flow together


artificial lake where water is collected


belief that plants and animals are inhabited by mostly evil spirits


the permanent resources serving society's needs, including roads, sewers, schools, hospitals, railways, utilities, communication networks, etc.


native to an area; the original people of a region


transformation of habitable land into desert


a person who is forced to flee their country because of war, famine, or persecution

Gross domestic product (GDP)

total value of all goods and services produced by a country in a given year

Per capita GDP

average income for each person (calculated by dividing the GDP by the population)


the ability to read and write


the process by which soil or rock is worn away by the action of wind, water, or ice


original non-Arab peoples of northwest Africa

Staple food

main food in the diet of a region


5 countries of North Africa west of Egypt: Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, and Mauritania


process to remove salt and other minerals from water

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