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Transcript of Morocco
natural resources: iron ore, coal, zinc, lead, barite, manganese, fish, and salt
main industries: phosphate rock mining and processing, food processing, leather goods, textiles, selling of arts and crafts, construction and tourism
crops: olives, almonds, grapes, dates, sugar cane, soybeans, sugar beets, cotton, barley, wheat, tomatoes, potatoes, oranges, apples, strawberries, string beans, onions, tangerines, cantaloupes, mandarins, fennel, corian, badian, and anise
livestock: sheep, cattle, goats, chickens, pigs, mules, horses, donkeys, and camels
tourist activities: go sand boarding, 4x4ing, or camel trekking in the desert, windsurfing in Essaoira, visit prehistoric rock carvings, ski in the Atlas Mountains, visit goats in Argon trees, trek in the sand dunes
the majority of people live under poverty, especially under the age of 15
gross domestic product: 103.8 billion usp (as of 2013)
exports: insulated wire, calcium phosophates, non-knit womens suites, mixed mineral fertilizers, phosphoric acid
imports: wheat, cars, electricity, gas, plastics, transistors, refined petroleum, crude petroleum, petroleum gas, textile fabrics
population: about 32,987,206
ranking in the world: #39
five largest cities:
capital city: Rabat
Continent: North Africa
latitude: 5 degrees west
longitude: 32 degrees north
major regions: the Sahara Desert, the Coastal Lowlands, and the Atlas Mountains
neighboring countries: Algeria, Western Sahara, Portugal, + Spain
bodies of water: Mediterranean Sea, Draa River, North Atlantic Ocean, Sebou River, Moulouya river, Sidi Ali Lake
land regions: Sahara Desert, Atlas Mountains, Rif Mountains, Strait of Gibralta, Tanger Peninsula, Bas Koukkos Zone
average temp: varies by location + season, southeast desert; high temps. during summer, mountains; cool in summer + freezing in winter
precipitation amounts: average of 21.5
special conditions: droughts and earthquakes
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the Atlas Mountains
by Maddie Hazeltine
Morocco is a country located in Northern Africa and has lots of unique culture. With several fascinating places, Morocco is one place you want to visit.
Rome conquered the general area of Northern Morocco (Sahara Desert wasn't part of Morocco yet) in the year 46 AD, until the Vandals came in the 5th century and brought the religion of Islam
Portugal and Spain began to invade, which helped to unify the land in defense
Morocco was one of the Barbary states in the 17th and 18th century
European powers showed interest in colonizing the country starting in 1840. at this time, the Spanish and French were clashing
France and Spain concluded a secret agreement that divided Morocco into zones of French and Spanish influence (France with the larger half)
the Algeciras Conference in 1906 stated the ruler of Morocco maintained the land, and France's privileges were cut down
the monarch Muhammed V (5th) was deposed by the French in 1953 and was replaced by his uncle, but soon was forced a return
Morocco finally won its independence in 1956
a rebel group called the Polisario Front that has fought Morocco for the independence of the Western Sahara finally agreed with Morocco in 1991 to a referendum regarding independence
King Mohhamed the 6th was crowned king after his fathers death. he has pledged to make the political system more open, support economic reform, allow freedom of expression, and give more rights to women
goats in an
form of government: Constitutional Monarchy
head of state: King Muhammed Vl
head of government: Abdelilah Benkirane
law making organizations: Chamber of Representatives, Chamber of Counselors
names of Judicial: Supreme Court or Court of Cassation
names of military: Royal Moroccan Armed Forces, Royal Moroccan Army, Royal Moroccan Navy, Royal Moroccan Air-Force
have to be 18+
Moroccans can vote for local government councils, but have no say to change the role of monarchy
beef is the most commonly eaten red meat, usually eaten in a tajine with veggies (chicken is also common)
mint tea with pine nuts is served with every meal
a tajine is found in the majority of Moroccan dishes
couscous, lamb, and flatbread are also very common
djellaba- a long, loose, hooded garment with sleeves, traditional dress for men and women, hood comes to a point called a qob-protects person from the sun or the cold
men also wear a red cap called a bernousse, or a Fez
all men + most women wear balghas, yellow, soft, leather slippers with no heel
women wear heeled sandals with gold tinsel
Hassan Tower- incomplete mosque in Rabat, starting in 1195, the tower was intended to be the largest minaret in the world
In Marrakech, the Saadian Tombs, the Bahia Palace, and the palace of the Pead
Ruins of the Chellah-medieval fortified necropolis in Rabat
Arts and Music:
indigenous pop (chabbi music)
Moroccan rap, Suti, Gnawa, Sephadic, Jajouka, and Griha
Names Of Groups:
Berbers and the Arabs
Arabic, Tamazght, Tachelhit, Tarifit, French
Christian, Jewish, Baha'i (1%)
the university called Al-Qarawiyin was founded in the city of Fes and in the year 859 and is known to be the oldest university in the world
a doctor named Al Zahrawi published a 1,500 page illustrated encyclopedia of surgery that was used for the next 500 years in the year 1000
Abbas Ibn Firnas was the first person to make a real attempt to construct a flying machine and fly
the Prophet Mohammed popularized the use of the toothbrush in 600 c.
Art and Literature:
no standard way of writing Moroccan Arabic
when rarely written, it's used in poems, newspapers, and magazines
vocab is mainly of Arabic origin, with many words borrowed from the Berbers, French, and the Spanish
the Arabic alphabet
Morocco is about the same size of California
the official name of Morocco is the Kingdom of Morocco
Morocco is the only African country that is not a member of the African Union
hello in Arabic is
it is considered impolite to handle food with the left hand
The name Morocco comes from the word Marruecos, meaning "Land of God"
The highest point is Jebel Toubkal at 13,664 feet
A national holiday is Throne Day, and is celebrated on July 30th
What is the name of the worlds largest dry desert that is partly located in Morocco?
the Sahara Desert
Morocco extends humanitarian aid and support to Syrian refugees
(as of June 4, 2014)
citizens of Morocco
holding the Moroccan flag
Ahmed Al-Mansour was famously known as the "Poet King"
in the middle ages, there were several important writers during the flowering of Al-Andalus, especially in the fields of religion