From coast to coast, and from its cities of seething masses to the expanses of deserts and grasslands, the geographical facts of Africa are sure to astound. Once known as the Dark Continent, it remains a place of fascination and mystique for many travelers. Let’s examine some of the geographical facts of Africa that make it such a fascinating place.
1. Geographical Locations and Divisions
One of the geographical facts of Africa is that it is the most centrally located of all the continents. The prime or Greenwich meridian, longitude 0 degrees, traverses the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia, through the West African coast near Accra and Ghana. At the same time, the Equator, latitude 0 degrees, separates Africa into equally divided North and South segments.