Africa is largely considered by scientists to be the place for origin of all mankind. The continent is vast – rich in diverse customs and culture, customs, history, climates and topography.
Here is a list of ten interesting facts about the continent of Africa.
The greatest waterfall in the world is the Victoria Falls. It’s the largest curtain of falling water though it’s not the greatest nor the broadest.
Africa is home to the largest hot desert in the world. It is 9.4million sq km (3.6million sq miles).
There are about 2000 different languages spoken in Africa, including some originating from Europe and Asia.
Africa is the second largest continent in the world. The total area that the continent covers is 30.22 million sq km.
The continent of Africa covers five time zones.
Madagascar, in the Indian Ocean, is the biggest island in Africa and the fourth largest island in the world. Africa has islands in the Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
Africa is the most multilingual continent in the world. A lot of people in Africa speak different African languages, some including European and Asian languages.
Ice hockey is played in South Africa, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire and Kenya. The first African Nations Cup was held in 2009 in South Africa with three participating countries – South Africa, Morocco and Algeria.
The longest river in the world is the Nile. It is 6853 kilometers (4258 miles) long. Due to blocking of the river by some volcanoes in East Africa, the Nile lost some headwaters and otherwise would be 1400 km (800 miles) more than it is today.
Africa has 54 autonomous recognised states. The newest of these independent nations is South Sudan.
There’s so much more to learn about Africa, which is home to deserts, grasslands, thick tropical forests, steppe climates, humid subtropical and Mediterranean climates. The continent is surrounded by the Indian and Atlantic Oceans in the east and west, and the Mediterranean Sea in the north. Precious minerals and metals found in Africa include gold, copper, iron and steel, platinum, uranium, diamonds and other precious stones.