Facts about Africa

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Africa is largely considered by scientists to be the place for origin of all mankind. The continent is vast – rich in varied customs and culture, customs, history, climates and topography.

Here is a list of ten interesting facts about the continent of Africa.The greatest waterfall in the world is the Victoria Falls. It’s the largest curtain of falling water although it is not the greatest nor the widest.

Africa is home to the largest hot desert on earth. The Sahara desert stretches over most of northern Africa from Egypt and Sudan in the east to Mauritania and the Atlantic Ocean in the west. It’s 9.4million sq kilometers (3.6million sq miles).

There are approximately 2000 different languages spoken in Africa, including some originating from Europe and Asia.

Africa is the second largest continent on the planet. The complete area that the continent covers is 30.22 million sq kilometers.

The continent of Africa covers five time zones.

Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean, is the biggest island in Africa and the fourth largest island on earth. Africa has islands in the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

Africa is the most multilingual continent on the planet. A lot of people in Africa speak different African languages, some including Asian and European languages.

Ice hockey is played in South Africa, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire and Kenya. The first African Nations Cup was held in 2009 in South Africa with three participating countries – South Africa, Morocco and Algeria.

The longest river in the world is the Nile. It is 6853 km (4258 miles) long. Due to blocking of the river with some volcanoes in East Africa, the Nile dropped some headwaters and otherwise would be 1400 kilometers (800 miles) longer than it is now.

Africa has 54 sovereign recognised states. The newest of these independent nations is South Sudan.

There’s so much more to learn about Africa, which is home to deserts, grasslands, thick tropical forests, steppe climates, humid subtropical and Mediterranean climates. The continent is surrounded by the Indian and Atlantic Oceans in the east and west, and the Mediterranean Sea in the north. Precious minerals and metals found in Africa include gold, copper, iron and steel, platinum, uranium, diamonds and other precious stones.

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