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The changing geography of Africa

Author: A T Grove
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1993, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Adopting a thematic approach, this book reflects Africa - how it has developed, and how changes in other parts of the world have affected it. It focuses on topics such as population patterns and  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: A T Grove
ISBN: 0199133867 9780199133864 0199133190 9780199133192
OCLC Number: 28828477
Description: x, 241 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The physical environment. Relief and rocks : evolution of the structure and relief; rock weathering; residual crusts and stripped landscapes; coastlines. Climate : atmospheric pressure, wind systems and the pattern of precipitation; tropical cyclones; evaporation; climatic variability. Lakes and rivers. Ecology. Biomes : tropical forest; tropical savanna; steppe and desert; high montane vegetation; north Africa's vegetation. Soils : arid zone soils; soils of subhumid and humid regions; plants as soil indicators; soils and topography. Fauna : mammals; birds; fish. Pests and diseases. Locusts . Termites. The mosquito, malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases. The tsetse-fly, trypanosomiasis and sleeping sickness. Parasitic worms. Onchocerciasis or river blindness. Schistosomiasis or Bilharzia. Rinderpest. Ethnicity. Race --
racial tension. Culture : language, society, religion. Traditional ways of life. Hunting and collecting. Pastoralism. Cultivation : forest cultivators; savanna cultivators; oasis cultivators. Fishing. Africa before the colonial period. Prehistory. Ancient history. Medieval times : the western Sudan zone; north and east Africa. Expansion of Europe into Africa : Portuguese exploration; the slave trade; the settlement of South Africa; nineteenth-century penetration. The colonial era and the coming of independence. The partition of Africa. The beginning of the colonial era. Railway construction. The First World War and its aftermath. The inter-war years. The coming of independence : the Second World War and its sequel; white settlers and strife. Development : the growth of commodity exports; the development decades. Crisis conditions. Population, migration and urbanization. Numbers of people and population growth. Distribution of population : regions of sparse settlement; regions of dense settlement. Urbanization. Mineral extraction and oil production. The mining industry in High Africa : South Africa; Zimbabwe; Zambia; Zaire. Mining and the petroleum industry in Low Africa : oil. Water resource development. Hydroelectric schemes : the Zambezi; the Akosombo dam on the Volta river; Ghana; the Niger; the Tana and other hydroelectric schemes. Irrigation schemes : the Inland Niger Delta; the Kano river scheme; the Bakolori scheme; the South Chad irrigation project; Senegal river schemes. Integrated river control projects : Development of the Nile waters; the Orange river scheme. Small-scale irrigation. Industrialization in mineral-rich countries : South Africa; Zimbabwe. Industrialization in oil-producing countries : Egypt; Algeria; Nigeria. Industrialization in countries with economies based on agriculture : Kenya; Tanzania; Ghana; Ivory Coast. Modernizing agriculture : Land tenure : traditional tenure systems; introduced tenure systems; villagization; changes in land tenure in pastoral areas. The scale and management of modern farming systems: large-scale farmers; smallholder schemes. The Indigenous contribution. Crisis in Africa. Famine : food aid; the geographical distribution of famine hazard and disasters. Drought. Desertification : north Africa; Sudan-Sahel region; the rift valley region of east Africa; southern Africa. Conflict with states. Relations between African states. Aid and indebtedness. The way ahead.
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