Africa is one of the 7 continents of the world and the most populous black continent. Africa is also known for being one of the hottest places on Earth, home to the ancient Egyptian Pyramids and the Nile river. Africa is known for its huge cultural heritage and the origin of civilization and written language dating back to more than 4000 years.
What are the Things Africa is Known For?
In addition, Africa is also known for the following
Being the second largest continent in the world covering almost 12 million sq. miles (approximately 31 million sq. km) and what this means is that Africa could hold the land space occupied by India, China, New Zealand, Argentina, Europe and the continental parts of United States, with more spaces left to spare!
Being the home of the Human species, which developed there about 5 million years ago.
Being the origin of over 1,500 different languages in Africa.
Africa is known for being home to about 1 billion people; that is one-seventh and 16% of the entire world’s population.
Africa’s River which drains into the Mediterranean Sea at the northeastern edge of Africa, is the longest river in the world with a total length of 4,132 miles (6,650 kilometers).
Africa has the world’s largest desert, the Sahara, which makes up an area greater in size than the entire continental U.S. [You Can Also Learn About East African Countries]
More Things Africa is Known For
Africa was once joined to the other continents in a massive continent called Pangaea. Over millions of years this huge continent broke apart shaping the world landscape as we know it today in what has been referred to the continental drift.
One in four of the world’s languages are spoken only in Africa and Arabic is the most widely spoken language in Africa. A total of 170 million individuals mainly living in the northern parts of Africa speak Arabic. This is outside over 2000 other languages spoken in Africa.
In Africa, Egypt is the most attractive country for tourism and part of what drives this are the Egyptian pyramids. It is worthy of note however that Sudan has over 200 pyramids which is much more than the number found in Egypt.
World Civilization started in Africa and the most ancient civilization known to man was the state of the Pharaohs which started in ancient Egypt about 3300 BC and ended in 343 BC.
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