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  Africa article - Africa continent area population Asia km2 mi2 ancient Romans Tunisia - What-Means.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Africa is home to the oldest inhabited territory on earth, and it is believed the human race originated from what is now this continent.
Africa is composed of 56 nations, the vast majority of which are republics that operate under some form of the presidential system of rule.
However in South Africa, the white minority (10% of the population) largely remained in the country after the end of white rule in 1994.
www.what-means.com /encyclopedia/Africa   (1824 words)

 Ecology of Africa - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In the swamp regions of north-east Africa papyrus and associated plants, including the soft-wooded ambach, flourish in immense quantities, and little else is found in the way of vegetation.
The open savannas are the home of large ungulates, especially antelopes, the giraffe (peculiar to Africa), zebra, buffalo, wild ass and four species of rhinoceros; and of carnivores, such as the lion, leopard, hyena, etc. The okapi (a genus restricted to Africa) is found only in the dense forests of the Congo basin.
Of insects Africa has many thousand different kinds; of these the locust is the proverbial scourge of the continent, and the ravages of the termites are almost incredible.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Ecology_of_Africa   (895 words)

 Ecology of Africa -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
In the swamp regions of north-east Africa (Tall sedge of the Nile valley yielding fiber that served many purposes in historic times) papyrus and associated plants, including the soft-wooded ambach, flourish in immense quantities, and little else is found in the way of vegetation.
Of (Small air-breathing arthropod) insects Africa has many thousand different kinds; of these the (Migratory grasshoppers of warm regions having short antennae) locust is the proverbial scourge of the continent, and the ravages of the (Whitish soft-bodied ant-like social insect that feeds on wood) termites are almost incredible.
The spread of (An infective disease caused by sporozoan parasites that are transmitted through the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito; marked by paroxysms of chills and fever) malaria by means of (Two-winged insect whose female has a long proboscis to pierce the skin and suck the blood of humans and animals) mosquitoes is common.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/E/Ec/Ecology_of_Africa.htm   (740 words)

 Encyclopedia: Ecology of Africa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
Africa is the largest of the three great southward projections from the main mass of the Earths surface.
The Mediterranean Sea is an intercontinental sea positioned between Europe to the north, Africa to the south and Asia to the east, covering an approximate area of 2.
British East Africa was a British protectorate in East Africa, covering generally the area of present-day Kenya and lasting from 1890 to 1920, when it became the colony of Kenya.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Ecology-of-Africa   (2784 words)

 Environment Ecology Africa
Africa's natural habitats are suffering from human interference.
One of the most serious problems occurs in areas such as the Sahel where scrub and forest clearance, often for cooking, combined with overgrazing, is causing deforestation and desertification.
In Africa, where animals and people lived together for more then 2 million years, large mammals roaming forests and savannas survived.
www.africanculturalcenter.org /2_0environ.html   (238 words)

 Africa Gomez - Molecular Ecology and Fisheries Genetics Lab, University of Hull
Africa Gomez - Molecular Ecology and Fisheries Genetics Lab, University of Hull
From December 1996 to January 2000 I was Lecturer in Ecology at the University of Valencia.
T.W. Snell in the Georgia Institute of Technology to conduct experiments on the effects of toxicants in the predation sequence of a rotifer and the reproductive isolation of rotifer sibling species.
www.hull.ac.uk /molecol/Africa.html   (1060 words)

 Emerging Infectious Diseases: Canine rabies ecology in Southern Africa.(PERSP... @ HighBeam Research   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
In southern Africa, rabies virus affects many host species, but rabies cycles are sustained by carnivore hosts (5,6), particularly by canine species (family Canidae), which are the focus of this paper, and by mongooses (family Herpestidae) (5,7), which will not be considered here.
In southern Africa, jackals (C. adustus, C. mesomelas) are also hosts, although their role has been controversial; some studies indicate that they can support rabies cycles (8), and other studies indicate that they cannot maintain rabies independently of the disease cycle in dogs (9-12).
The ecology of many ecosystems has changed dramatically in recent centuries because of the increase in human populations, the introduction of large-scale commercial agriculture, urbanization, loss of biodiversity within the human biosphere, and other changes.
highbeam.com /library/doc0.asp?docid=1G1:136338347&refid=ink_tptd_mag   (4037 words)

 Charcoal ecology Africa
In 2000, nearly 470 million tons of wood were consumed in homes in sub-Saharan Africa in the form of firewood and charcoal, more wood per capita than any other region in the world.
The results of the study show that the best situation in Africa would be to transition from biomass fuels to petroleum-based fossil fuels such as kerosene and liquid propane gas, which can prevent between 1.3 and 3.7 million premature deaths, depending on the speed of transition.
"Most charcoal is produced in Africa by one or two guys going out in the woods, almost always without a permit and on somebody else's land, cutting down a tree or two, chopping it up, lighting it, covering it with dirt, and then hovering around it for 2-4 days while it becomes charcoal," Kammen said.
www.theallineed.com /science/05041602.htm   (789 words)

 Organization for Tropical Studies - Undergraduate Program
South Africa’s rich biological and cultural diversity makes it an exceptional location in which to examine issues related to ecology and conservation.
South Africa is a progressive, dynamic nation that continues to redefine itself in the post-apartheid era.
The tuition and program fee for the South Africa program is $17,300.Program fees include tuition, room and board, local travel, certain recreational activities, field and office equipment, computer services, and textbooks.International travel, independent travel, incidentals, and personal spending are not covered.Non-Duke students should add $40 for a one-time only, lifetime transcript fee.
www.ots.duke.edu /en/education/under_southafrica.shtml   (829 words)

 Naturally Africa, Wildlife and Ecology Trips, Africa Wildlife Conservation, African Wildlife Safari
These unique trips are intended to offer an invaluable insight into the wildlife, ecology and conservation management of the reserve and wilderness areas of southern Africa and the research that is being carried out there.
They may include experiences such as exploring the dunes of the Kalahari with a professor of desert ecology, shadowing a researcher working with small predators, learning about the role of collaring and monitoring large mammal populations in reserve management, or observing a reserve ecologist, or veterinary surgeon performing an operation in the field.
Some of these trips are specifically designed for students studying a relevant subject in the fields of biology, ecology, conservation or the environment.
www.naturallyafrica.co.uk /pages/wildlife_ecology_trips.php   (224 words)

 Studies on the Culture and Ecology of South Africa and North America
A one-page behavior check list will also be distributed to each student in the class to help them understand the biology of the organism behavior as organisms interact within their own grouping, other groups of the same species and with other species.
This information must be placed in the ecology journal that will be graded at the end of the term.
The student will be responsible to going home on their own (they will have their airline ticket), they will not get a course refund and they will get an F for the course.
bioinquiry.biol.vt.edu /SouthAfrica/syllabus.html   (1078 words)

 AfricaFiles | Africa, ecology and politics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
But what is really at stake is not well understood, because when we talk about ecology being part and parcel of politics, then we must include such notions as «local grassroots democracy», simply because ecological problems are local, tangible and facts of everyday life.
Taking ecology on board as part of our lives means that lasting development can be achieved and our children will have a chance in the future»." AA.
Taking ecology on board as part of our lives means that lasting development can be achieved and our children will have a chance in the future».
www.africafiles.org /article.asp?ID=59   (1127 words)

 AFRICA - Teacher Tools: Eco-Challenges Lesson Plan
Students will examine these issues within the context of AfricaÕs development and the environmental, economic, and personal impact it has upon its citizens.
More specifically, students will explore a variety of Internet resources, learn about AfricaÕs geography and natural resources, read and respond to African art and literature, and write and produce a documentary-style news broadcast report.
Students will analyze a variety of issues surrounding desertification and water use in Africa and their impact on the environment and economy.
www.pbs.org /wnet/africa/tools/eco/goals.html   (168 words)

 jackals of africa
It is well known that jackals are monogamous and that a pair lives in and defends a fixed territory; their offspring disperse after a while.
All three species of jackal occur in the tall grasslands and woodland mosaic of the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, and this is undoubtedly the best place to view and photograph them.
Disclaimer: CC Africa is not liable for any errors or omissions.
www.wildwatch.com /resources/mammals/jackals.asp   (962 words)

 Africa Environment and Conservation on the Internet
As the gatekeeper to the Congo Basin, Cameroon is an important indicator for the future of the entire region." "Samuel Nguiffo, 33, directs the Center for Environment and Development (CED) in Cameroon's capital, Yaounde.
Project (1996-1997) by students and staff from Makerere University, Aberdeen University, and Dundee University to study the impact of humans on the biodiversity and ecology of Mount Elgon National Park.
It's Africa section covers: Country Environmental Data (statistics for each African country), watershed maps, the Central African Regional Program for the Environment, Abidjan: A Portrait of the African Urban Experience, On-Farm Landrace Conservation and Enhancement in Ethiopia, the Guesselbodi National Forest, Niger, and Nigeria's Community Banks.
www-sul.stanford.edu /depts/ssrg/africa/eco.html   (6557 words)

 Decolonization of Africa
Between 1922, when self-government was restored to Egypt, and 1994, when nonracial democracy was achieved in South Africa, 54 new nations were established in Africa.
Ranging from Algeria in the North, where a French colonial government used armed force to combat Algerian aspirations to home-rule, to the final overthrow of apartheid in the South, this is an authoritative survey that will be welcomed by all students tackling this complex and challenging topic.
The Decolonization of Africa is published in North America by Ohio University Press as part of our ongoing commitment to African scholarship.
www.ohiou.edu /oupress/DECOLONIZATIONOFAFRICA.HTM   (180 words)

 Centre College: Experts Guide
Led a Centre travel-study program to Central Africa in 1998 with an emphasis on African history, culture and language.
Editor of The Ecology of Practice: Studies of Food Crop Production in Sub-Saharan West Africa (Gordon and Breach, 1998), part of a series.
Research on ethnography and ecology in Africa and the Middle East.
www.centre.edu /web/news/experts/africa.html   (140 words)

 Ecology Of Africa   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-11)
I know very little about the electronics of my little phone, but I have recently learned a bit about the ecology of my phone.
in Molecular Ecology, tell us that during warm, interglacial periods, reef-associated fish (goby genus Gnatholepis), leapt around the horn of Africa into the...
In the swamp regions of north-east Africa the papyrus and associated plants, including the soft-wooded ambach, flourish
www.wikiverse.org /ecology-of-africa   (939 words)

 Eroding the Commons - Politics of Ecology in Kenya
Eroding the Commons examines Baringo’s efforts to contend with the problems of erosion and describes how they became a point of reference for similar programs in British Africa, especially as rural development began to encompass goals beyond economic growth and toward an accelerated transformation of African society.
It provides an excellent focus for the investigation of the broader evolution of colonial ideologies and practices of development.
Anderson (Univ. of London), author of articles on African ecology, first "reconstructs pastoral landuse patterns of the nineteenth century to illustrate that the Baringo lowlands formed part of a wider ecological system, seasonally exploited by transhumant herders."
www.ohiou.edu /oupress/ERODING.HTM   (460 words)

 UNRISD: Publications | Environmental Movements in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Political Ecology of Power and Conflict
Its thesis is that environmental movements in Africa operate within a transformative logic in which struggles for power over environmental resources connect broader popular social struggles for empowerment and democracy.
It is followed by the historical background, which examines the origins and evolution of environmental movements in Africa in the twentieth century, particularly their links with social movements seeking to broaden access to resources and power.
The third section, on Africa’s multiple crises and the environment, focuses attention on the impact of economic and political crises on the continent’s ecosystem.
www.unrisd.org /80256B3C005BCCF9/search/8F344D7B26C12A79C1256DD600575D33?OpenDocument&cntxt=E48ED&cookielang=en   (357 words)

 Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris: Africa
Since 1978, Doug and Gail Cheeseman of Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris have been leading small group wildlife-intensive nonsmoking safaris to East Africa, Central Africa and Southern Africa for twenty years.
Africa is where we began, forging our safari philosophy of maximum time in the field, excellence in knowledgeable and charismatic leadership, high leader/participant ratios and convivial group atmospheres.
In February and March life is vibrant in East Africa's vast green savanna habitats.
www.cheesemans.com /africa.html   (976 words)

 Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris: Africa - Tanzania/Kenya 2005
Reading and Field Guides: Some favorites are Craig Packer's Into Africa, describing his lion research in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater and Cynthia Moss' Elephant Memories and Portraits in the Wild.
Excellent East Africa bird books, one by Terry Stevenson and the other by Zimmerman and Turner, are available.
All rates are based on current tariffs and exchange rates and are subject to adjustment in the event of any change therein.
www.cheesemans.com /africa_tk_feb05.html   (3739 words)

 Changing agricultural practices -
Can you speak further on the issue of GMO and its potential impacts on the ecology of east africa in particular.
Also, as you probably know, there is a great deal of debate and division of opinion as to whether GMO's will have a negative or positive impact on the ecology in countries such as the USA.
However, in my view it is unlikely that there will be a very large-scale use of GMO's in east Africa in the near future so that the potential impact on the ecology will be marginal.
popplanet.org /PopPlanet/BBoard/Archive2000/Forum4/HTML/000008.cfm?CurrentLanguageID=1&factoidID=5   (213 words)

 Sixth Emeritus Lecture Honoring J. Desmond Clark - Published Works - Journal Articles and Chapters in Books, 1970s-1990s
"The Implications of Nile Prehistory for Africa and the Levant.
Originally Chapter 2 of The Prehistory of Africa, by J. Desmond Clark.
In: Paleoecology of Africa and the Surrounding Islands.
sunsite.berkeley.edu /Anthro/clark/pub/articles02.html   (1709 words)

Broad to the north (c.4,600 mi/7,400 km wide), Africa straddles the equator and stretches c.5,000 mi (8,050 km) from Cape Blanc (Tunisia) in the north to Cape Agulhas (South Africa) in the south.
Africa - Africa has been experiencing one of its most violent periods since the Colonial era, with fighting...
Africa - Congo Theophile Theodore Joseph Antoine Baron Wahis, governor-general of the Belgian Congo...
www.infoplease.com /ce6/world/A0802668.html   (342 words)

 Studies on the Culture and Ecology of South Africa and North America
The second will be on some aspect of biology or ecology.
One student might talk about the biology and life history of the lion while another student might talk about the fynbos.
Students will learn how to sharpen their observation skills, how to quantify observational data, and understand the problems of observer reliability.
bioinquiry.biol.vt.edu /SouthAfrica/semsyllabus.html   (999 words)

 Militarization and the Ecology of South Africa
The current process of social and political change in South Africa has generated wide debates around future policy options for the post-apartheid period.
This project will contribute to the debates by emphasizing the environmental factors in these policies.
It will also make recommendations on the possibilities for redirecting the existing military resources to environmental conservation and protection.
www.idrc.org /en/ev-83029-201_001334-1-IDRC_ADM_INFO.html   (153 words)

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