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1 1 This PowerPoint presentation accompanies Closeup Teaching Unit 5.3.1 West African Geography, Climate, and History: 500 – 1600 CE West African Geography, Climate, and History

2 2 Welcome, fellow scholars! It’s nice to see you again.

3 3 I’m glad you’re here! Now that you are studying West Africa, I thought you’d like to see images from Africa. Before we start, think about what comes to your mind when you think about Africa?

4 4 Beautiful scenery

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9 9 You may also think about some of Africa’s natural resources.

10 Gold 10

11 11 Ivory

12 What about West Africa today? 12

13 13 “The challenges facing Africa are daunting. Africa has the highest proportion of its people in extreme poverty.” Food4Africa.org

14 How may West Africa’s environment and climate have contributed to this situation? 14

15 Tsetse Fly 15 Its bite causes sleeping sickness in humans and is fatal for domestic animals, like cattle and horses.

16 Anopheles Mosquito 16 It spreads malaria

17 “Climate change may have a graver effect on Africa than any other continent.” www.Economist.com May 10, 2007 17

18 Has West Africa’s natural environment been a positive or negative factor in its historical development? 18

19 19 The End


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