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Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools

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Water in Africa: Mauritania

Mauritania lies almost entirely within the Sahara. Recurring drought has forced the nomadic herdsmen out of their former domain in the far north; it is now called "the empty lands." With the exception of the south, which is a bit more humid, Mauritania's climate is hot and arid. Rainfall is minimal, so vegetation is sparse.

Photographs from Heather Cameron & Kerry Zahn