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zonal
the climates of West Africa , which stretch to east to west in bands
Sahel
a dry grasslands region with a steppe climate south of the Sahara
harmattan
a dry, dusty wind that blows south from the Sahara during winter
tsetse fly
A fly in Africa south of the Sahara that spreads sleeping sickness, a deadly disease
bauxite
the most important aluminum ore
archeology
the study of the remains and ruins of past cultures
animism
a religious belief that bodies of water, animals, trees, and other natural objects have spirits
oral history
Spoken information passed from one generation to the next
millet
a grain crop that can survive drought
sorghum
a grain crop that can survive drought
malaria
a deadly disease spread by mosquitoes
staple
a region or country's main food crops
secede
to break away from another country to form another
griots
West african storytellers who pass on the oral histories of their tribes or people
cacao
a small tree on which cocoa beans grow
ergs
Great "seas" of sand dunes in the Sahara
depressions
low areas
regs
Broad, windswept gravel plains in the Sahara
silt
Finely ground soil
Pharoahs
Ancient Egyptian Kings
hieroglyphs
Pictures and symbols used to record information in ancient Egypt
Bedouins
Nomadics herders in the deserts of North Africa and Southwest Asia
fellahin
Egyptian farmers who own very small plots of land
Casbah
the old fortress and central part of some North African cities
souks
Marketplaces in North Africa
free port
a city in which almost no taxes are placed on goods sold there
dictator
one who rules a country with complete authority