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  1. Sahel: The Sahel[p] is the ecoclimatic and biogeographic zone of transition in Africa between the Sahara Desert to the north and the Sudanian Savanna to the south. Having a semi-arid climate, it stretches across the southernmost extent of Northern Africa between the Atlantic Ocean and the Red Sea. The Arabic word sāḥil literally means "shore, coast", describing the appearance of the vegetation found in the Sahel as being akin to that of a coastline delimiting the sand of the Sahara.
    • also known as 萨赫勒
    • part of Africa
  2. Sahel was a former province of Eritrea until 1996, when it was absorbed into the present day Northern Red Sea region. Its capital was Nafka.

There are other places with in their name, like Al-Sahel, Sahel Region, Maten al-Sahel and Nioro du Sahel.


  1. Sahel is a fictional character from the 2012 film Rhino Season.
  2. Sahel is a fictional film character.


"Sahel" is a musical album of M'Mah Sylla & Sona Diabaté.

  • released in (27 years ago)

Phrases with Sahel

  1. Sahel Gerbil
  2. Sahel Paradise Whydah

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Google previewEarth's Landscape: An Encyclopedia of the World's Geographic Features [2 volumes] (2015)

An Encyclopedia of the World's Geographic Features by Joyce A. Quinn, Susan L. Woodward

The Sahel is a relatively narrow, semiarid belt stretching across North Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea. The position of...

Google previewAfrica: Continent of Economic Opportunity (2007)

by David Fick

Niger The Sudano Sahel is a region about 600 kilometres wide stretching from Mauritania on the Atlantic Ocean to Eritrea and Somalia on the Indian ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Global Change (2001)

Environmental Change and Human Society

The Sahel is a narrow, semiarid expanse of grassland, shrubs, and small, thorny trees, stretching some 5,000 kilometers across northern Africa from the Atlantic Ocean eastward almost to the Red Sea. It includes much of ...

Google previewNatural Disasters and Adaptation to Climate Change (2013)

by Sarah Boulter, Jean Palutikof, David John Karoly, Daniela Guitart

The Western Sahel is a vast and populous dryland region running east-west between the Sahara Desert to the north and the West African forest zone to the south. A 'band' of broadly similar climatic conditions runs from Senegal to the shores ...

Google previewHurricanes of the North Atlantic (1999)

Climate and Society by James B. Elsner, A. Birol Kara

The Sahel is a narrow east-to-west zone of semiarid land over northern Africa, located between the Sahara to the north and the rain forests and grasslands to the south. Rainfall is quite variable, often with the potential for extended years of ...

Google previewFloods, Fires and Famine (2000)

Thematic Research Activities for 9-12 Year Olds by Jane Bourke

The Sahel is a region south of the Sahara desert in Africa, incorporating Mali, Mauritania, Senegal, Upper Volta, Niger, Chad and Ethiopia. Due to climatic instability, it has suffered a number of crippling droughts. The drought suffered in ...

Google previewTop 100 Exotic Food Plants (2011)

by Ernest Small

Sahel is a geographic zone along the southern fringes of Africa's Sahara desert, generally understood to comprise seven countries [from east to west]: Chad, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, Senegal, and the Gambia. The area is a ...

Google previewClimate Change Adaptation in Africa (2014)

An Historical Ecology by Gufu Oba

The African Sahel is that part of the continent that stretches from the Atlantic coast and below the Sahara Desert and above the Guinean savanna to the Horn of Africa. This strip of the sub-continent, which stretches for nearly 6,000 km from ...

Google previewExtreme Weather and Climate (2010)

by C. Donald Ahrens, Perry Samson

The Sahel is a semi-arid region of variable rainfall where precipitation totals may exceed 20 inches in the southern portion and less than 5 inches in the north. During the winter, the Sahel is dry, but as summer approaches, the rains usually ...

Google previewAfrican Environments and Resources (2012)

by L. A. Lewis, L. Berry

The Sahel is a zone extending from coast to coast along the southern margin of the Sahara. In most years rains fall in a single season. They last for one month at the northern boundary and for up to three months in areas above its ...

Google previewGrassland Biomes (2008)

by Susan L. Woodward

the Sahel is that of a dry grassland with a sparse upper layer of scattered bushes and small trees, generally less than 15 ft (5 m) tall. Most of the grasses are annuals, which are better able than perennial species to withstand long dry periods.

Google previewExploring Environmental Issues (2004)

An Integrated Approach by David D. Kemp

DROUGHTIN THE SAHEL–SEASONAL DROUGHT The Sahel is a relatively narrow strip of land some 400–500 km wide, stretching from the Atlantic coast ofWest Africa as far as the Sudan, 5000 km to the east along the southern margins of ...

Google previewA Voyage to Senegal (1806)

Or, Historical, Philosophical, and Political Memoirs, Relative to the Discoveries, Establishments and Commerce of Europeans in the Atlantic Ocean, from Cape Blanco to the River of Sierra Leone. To which is Added an Account of a Journey from Isle St. Louis to Galam by Jean Baptiste Léonard Durand

The first is called Sahel; the second, which is the largest, Lebiar; and the third is known by the name of Alfutack. Several small clusters of gum-trees, independent of these forests, are to be found at many other points of the Senegal. The tree ...

Google previewThe IUCN Sahel Studies 1989 (1989)

Indeed, the Sahel is an area where the computer simulations of a 'warmer world' disagree, with some models saying more rain and some saying less. A sobering thought is that if "anthropogenic factors contribute to the climate evolution of the ...

Google previewLore (1998)

Capturing Traditional Environmental Knowledge by Martha Johnson

The African Sahel is a belt of land 300 to 500 kilometres wide stretchingfrom Mauritania on Africa's Atlantic coast to the Sudan and Ethiopia on the Red Sea. It is bordered to the north by the Sahara Desert and to the south by tropical Africa.

Google previewEncyclopedia of African American History [3 volumes] (2010)

by Leslie M Alexander, Walter C. Rucker Jr.

Sahel region near Timbuktu, Mali, in West Africa. An important feature of the western Sudan, the sahelian region was the site of intense commercial activity which led to the rise of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai. (Ian Nellist) Tomb of Askia ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Environment and Society (2007)

FIVE-VOLUME SET by Paul Robbins

The Mali Empire peaked in the 1350s, and the huge Songhai Empire, with elaborate governance structure and a sizeable army, dominated the Sahel until defeated by Moroccans in 1591. Timbuktu, on the banks of the Niger, was its capital ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Geography (2004)

by Gerald Rudolph Pitzl

Sahel. The Sahel is a narrow band of land on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert in Africa, extending from the country of Western Sahara east to the Sudan and northern Ethiopia. The word sahel comes from the Arabic and means "border " ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Aid and Development Organizations (1996)

by Guy Arnold

It has been estimated, for example, that the drought which culminated in 1973 was, at least in part, exacerbated as a result of sinking artesian wells in parts of the Sahel and so encouraging nomads to congregate at these new sources of water.

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Niger (2012)

by Abdourahmane Idrissa, Samuel Decalo

Its television channel, Télé Sahel , ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Environmental Politics (2014)

by John Barry, E. Gene Frankland

The combined effects of drought, famines and desertification on human and ecological life mostly characterize Sahel Africa. The name Sahel is derived from the Arabic word for 'border' and refers to a vast area of semi-arid to arid lands forming ...

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