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date: 17 October 2019

The Sahel  

Berkshire Encyclopedia of Sustainability

Spreading horizontally across North Africa in a narrow strip between the Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea, the Sahel is a region of geographic, climatic, and ecological transition between the extremely arid Sahara in the north and the semiarid savanna in the south. Although the region has long been subject to drought and famine, a combination of climate factors and human land use in the area since the 1960s has contributed to severe droughts, famine, and aridification, often leading to conflict. The Darfur region of Sudan in particular has been the site in recent years of warfare that has claimed between 200,000 and 500,000 lives. ...

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