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The continent of Africa encompasses 11,717,218 square miles.  Its highest point is Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, at 19,340 feet above sea level.  Its lowest point is Lake Assal in Djibouti, at 515 feet below sea level.  Africa's approximate population in 2002 was 826,835,000.  Africa is the second largest continent and has vast natural resources such as gold, diamonds, and copper.  It consists of 53 countries; some are landlocked with no access to the sea except through other countries.  It is bounded on the north by the Mediterranean Sea, on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, on the northeast by the Red Sea, and on the southeast by the Indian Ocean.  The longest river in Africa is the Nile, which runs from Burundi to Egypt for 4,145 miles.  The largest lake is Lake Victoria (26,724 square miles), which lies between Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. 
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Africa's climate and elevation variations result in a great variety of landscapes and physical features.  The Sahara Desert in the north extends from east to west across the continent whereas two of the world's greatest rivers — the Nile and the Congo — flow through Africa.  The Great Rift Valley is a geological feature that extends from Jordan all the way south to Mozambique.  The Kalahari Desert in the south, the Atlas Mountains in the northwest, and mountain ranges near the Great Rift Valley in the east all contribute to Africa's varied topography.

The largest city in Africa is Lagos, Nigeria; other leading African cities include Cairo, Johannesburg, Tunisia, and Kinshasa.  Travelers from the USA may fly to Africa aboard British Airways, KLM, Egypt Air, or South African Airways.  Two good sources for African news are the BBC's Africa News and the New York Times' Africa page.

Africa History and Antique Africa Map

This Africa history page provides an overview of African history and culture from ancient times to modern times.  This vintage map of Africa shows the continent of Africa as it appeared in a 19th century atlas.

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