Tagged: Mali

According to wholevehicles, Mali is a landlocked country located in the Sahel region of West Africa. It is bordered by Algeria to the north and northeast, Niger to the east, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast to the south, Guinea to the south-west, and Senegal and Mauritania to the west. The country has an area of 1,240,000 square kilometers (478,841 square miles). Mali is mainly composed of two distinct geographical regions: the Sahara Desert in the north and semi-arid Sahelian zone in the south. The Sahara Desert covers about 60% of Mali’s total area and is characterized by sand dunes and rocky plateaus. In contrast, the Sahelian zone is a savannah grassland that experiences a hot semi-arid climate with seasonal rainfall patterns. The Niger River runs through Mali from east to west for a distance of around 1,600 km (994 mi), creating an important water source for agriculture in many parts of the country. The Niger River enters Mali from Niger in its easternmost corner before flowing into Burkina Faso and then eventually into Guinea. Along its course through Mali it passes through several large cities including Gao, Mopti, Ségou, Timbuktu and Bamako which are all major cultural centers for this region of Africa. Additionally, Mali contains several large lakes such as Lake Faguibine which covers an area over 2200 km2 (850 sq mi). Overall these bodies of water provide important sources of fish for local populations as well as contributing to agricultural production throughout Mali. See bridgat for weather information in Mali.