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Sierra Leone has four physical regions the coastal-swamp region along the Atlantic a flat low-lying frequently flooded plain 20 to 40 miles 32 to 64 km wide the Sierra Leone Peninsula the site of Freetown and a region of thickly wooded mountains that rise from coastal swamps to an elevation of 2913 feet 888 m at Picket Hill the interior plains consisting of featureless grasslands rolling wooded country and a variety of landforms ranging from savanna-covered low plains to rocky scarp and hill country and the plateau region encompassing roughly the eastern half of the country and including several mountain masses such as the Loma Mountains crowned by Mount Loma Mansa Bintimani Peak at 6391 feet 1948 m the highest peak in the country and the Tingi Hills which rise to 6079 feet 1853 m at Sankanbiriwa Peak Numerous rivers flow in a general northeast-to-southwest direction across Sierra Leone to empty into the Atlantic Sierra Leone has a tropical climate Temperatures and humidity are high and normal rainfall is quite heavy Mean monthly temperatures range from 77 to 83 F 25 to 28 C in coastal areas inland the range can be from 73 to 82 F 23 to 28 C Along the coast where rainfall is the heaviest especially on the Peninsula Mountains as much as 200 inches 5080 mm may fall annually The dry season lasts from November to April and the wet season constitutes the remainder of the year with maximum precipitation from July to September More than one-fourth of Sierra Leone is forest Among many valuable timber species are African mahogany and African teak The countrys animal life includes monkey chimpanzee tiger cat porcupine antelope crocodile and many species of birds Elephant leopard lion hyena and buffalo are rarely seen Sierra Leone has some 1160 square miles 3000 square km of forest reserve and about 50 square miles 130 square km of protected forest It is self-sufficient
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