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- Created 2012-02-26
is, geographically, the area of the continent of
that lies south of the Sahara Desert. Politically, it consists of all
that are fully or partially located south of the Sahara (excluding
). It contrasts with
, which is considered a part of the
are geographically part of Sub-Saharan Africa, but also part of the Arab world.
is the transitional zone between the Sahara and the
to the south.
Since probably the
5.9 kiloyear event
, the Saharan and Sub-Saharan regions of Africa have been separated by the extremely harsh climate of the sparsely populated Sahara, forming an effective barrier interrupted by only the
in Sudan, though the Nile was blocked by the river's
Sahara Pump Theory
and fauna (including
) left Africa to penetrate the Middle East and beyond. African
periods are associated with a "wet Sahara" phase during which larger lakes and more rivers exist.
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