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Transcript of North Africa
Human Place: Berbers
Northern Africa is an area
that includes the Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. Northern Africa is south of the Mediterranean sea. It is also located in the Sahara desert.
Imagine a village struck by poverty and controlled by terrorist groups. This is the case for most of North Africa. The major problems faced by North Africa are Terrorism and Poverty. Terrorism is a very common threat throughout North Africa although some hot spots of terrorist activity are Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, and Libya. The main terrorist group in North Africa is the AQIM (Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb). AQIM's shows aggressive efforts to turn a profit by kidnapping, smuggling, and other criminal activities in Northern Africa. With the rural population and poor farming land, this leads to poverty and having to be self reliant. With little available jobs and poor farming land it is hard to be self reliant so they must spend their money on food and supplies thus causing poverty.
This is a 26 mm, 12.54 g bronze coin of King Micipsa of Numidia(one of the most famous kings of Morocco). The obverse shows the head of Micipsa left, and the reverse shows a horse galloping left. Some sources suggest the king may actually be his father, Massinissa.
The Berbers are found in Morocco, Algeria, and also Tunisia . The people of Maghreb and the Sahara speak various dialects of Berber and arabic. The Arabic and Berber groups of languages are distantly related, both being members of the Afro-Asiatic family. The word Berber means "from the forest" or "Wild". The name came from the word that the Romans, greek, and french used. The people of Morocco prefer to be called Amazigh.
Africa's 905 million people belong to more than 3,000 different ethnic groups and speak more than 2,000 languages. After many years of colonial rule, most African countries achieved independence by the end of the 1970s. Today, many countries in Africa face major problems, such as poverty and terrorism.
There are many methods of movement in North Africa. Some people get around by hitch hiking, walking, and airplanes, others by public transportation. The most important method of travel that has been around for thousands of years is the camel. Other methods consist of bicycles and cars. The way that ideas and practices get around northern Africa is through communication. This occurs when people access the internet and converse with people in busy rooms. Some people have the ideas that they have already gotten from other people and they are interested in telling others about them.
In some parts of Northern Africa are threatened by desertification and lack of drinking water. For the places that have little water, camels are used to travel because they can go quiet a long time without drinking water. The Suez canal was built in Egypt and opened in November of 1869 to speed up the transportation of goods from Europe to Asia. Much of norther Africa farming and herding are the main source of income because diamonds and oil are less common.
Human Environment Interaction: