Saturday, May 25, 2013

Somalia Location explanation

Somalia, that African country that has a surface area of 637,657 km², is far from being unheard of.
It is not only considered as Africa’s easternmost country but also as the one occupying the tip of that oh-so-known Horn of Africa region(which was named as such due to the fact that it resembles –in its shape on the map– to a rhinoceros’ horn). The said region is naturally not limited to Somalia; Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti are the three other countries that make the list complete. 
Speaking of Djibouti, Somalia shares borders with the country to the northwest. Somalia is also bordered by the Gulf of Eden to the north, Ethiopia to the west, the Indian Ocean to the east and Kenya to the southwest.Its land boundaries amount to about 2340 km.
Despite Somalia being a rather small African country, it has the longest African coastline; its seaboard stretches to no less than 3025 km. 

Moreover; it is strategically located since it’s known for Bab el Mandeb which is a gateway from the Gulf of Eden to the Red Sea and the Suez Canal. That gateway’s Arabic name means –literally speaking– the wails’ door. The legend says that it was so hard to sail safely in that gateway that many ships have fallen victim to it and that resulted in many losses–simply put, it refers to the women’s wails when grieving their loved ones.
Because of its location, Somalia has a semiarid to arid climate. That is to mean it is hot all through the year (except at the north where there are higher elevations) and that rainfall is far from being an everyday occurrence. As a consequence, agriculture is practiced in very restricted areas –obviously those at the north that are bestowed upon moderate rainfall and where one can find the country’s two perennial rivers.
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