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The countries of West Africa have a population of 245 million. According to the World Bank, 65 percent of the population are living in rural areas. More »

In the ancient city of Taghaza, salt was cut into 200-pound blocks and stored 10 feet underground until it was ready to be transported to market, then the blocks were loaded onto camels and shipped to Timbuktu and the re... More »

According to the United Nations, West Africa is composed of 16 independent countries and one overseas territory owned by another country. Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso make up the large desert nations of West Africa. Coas... More »

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According to the United Nations, West Africa is composed of 16 independent countries and one overseas territory owned by another country. Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso make up the large desert nations of West Africa. Coas... More »

While many assume that Africa as mainly desert, it is a diverse continent that sees a fair amount of snowfall away from the countries near the equator. Snowfall in Africa is rare, occurring in mountainous regions and in ... More »

Mauritania is a country in West Africa bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the countries of Western Sahara, Algeria, Mali and Senegal. Most of Mauritania is desert, with alternating areas of plains and sand dunes. The sou... More »

Located in West Africa, Benin's boundaries are the countries Togo, Nigeria, Burkina Faso and Niger and it has a short coastline along the Bight of Benin. It is a long, narrow country with a land area of 42,985 square mil... More »