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Africa until the middle to late nineteenth century was known as The Dark Continent The reason for this reputation was that at the time no outsider was able to go in land of the big continent and see the diversity and the complexity of it The first impression the European got was what they saw that the coastal areas of Africa and took this impression back to their countries and labeled the continent as being dark not only because the encounter they had with dark skinned people also because of their ignorance Africa can be looked at in several different ways such as climate ethnicity history languages vegetation natural resources physical feature and religions First Africa has five main climate regions tropical rain forests mediterranean savanna steppe and desert It also has small regions of highland marine and subtropical Second the vegetation varies depending on the climate area In desert regions it is mostly barren but does have small amount of vegetation which has adapted to a limited supply of water Tropical rain forest usually has three layers of trees all of which are broadleaf evergreens They also have a variety of small ferns vines and shrubs In the mediterranean environment there are evergreen trees mixed with coniferous and broadleaf trees Oaks pines and small shrubs also are common There are two types of savanna woodland that has tall tress and perennial grasses and grassland which consists of low growing deciduous evergreen and shrubbery Grassland savanna also have many species of bear thorn shrubbery and the grasses are almost barren Depending on the area Africas cash crop consists of coffee gum rubber tobacco cocoa grapes ground nuts sugar citrus cotton oil palm and tea Then we can say that the climatic region determines what vegetation cash crop or natural can survive where Generally speaking however Africas natural resources are consistent through out the continent They range from coal natural gas petroleum diamonds and iron
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