Geography, Animals, and People
(View of Cape Town, South Africa from Table Top Mountain)

Africa is the second largest continent in the world, making up more than 20 percent of the world's land area. It is about three times the size of Europe or the United States. Its landscape is one of great variety which consists of rolling grasslands, dry deserts, and thick forests.

Animal life is an important part of the environment. Africa is world famous for its wildlife which is one of it's greatest natural resources. Recently the nations of Africa have passed laws to protect the wildlife. Great sections of land have been set aside as wildlife preserves, where hunting is outlawed. These preserves protect the herds of wild animals from becoming extinct, or being wiped out.

There are 642 million people living in Africa. That is 12% of the world's population. The people vary greatly and belong to many different cultural and ethnic groups. Some areas of Africa are inhabited by people who live very traditionally in villages. The appropriate title for these people is "rural ethnic groups." Many other people live in cities and towns just like we do.

Information taken from:

The World Past and Present East and West Macmillan McGraw-Hill School Publishing Company. 1995 pp. 356,357, 412-415 (a sixth grade social studies text book.)

The World Past and Present. HBJ (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, inc.) 1991 (a sixth grade social studies text book.)

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