What is life like in the Sahel?
Both desert and grazing land, the Sahel has attracted a population as varied as its environment. Some are semi-nomadic cattle herders, moving with the seasonal flooding of the Niger. Others are farmers, eking out a living from millet and sorghum.
Is Sahel the hottest place on earth?
On average, the Sahel ranks as the hottest place on earth. Year-round temperatures hover between 77 and 86 degrees.
Is the Sahel a desert yes or no?
Sahel, Arabic Sāḥil, semiarid region of western and north-central Africa extending from Senegal eastward to Sudan. It forms a transitional zone between the arid Sahara (desert) to the north and the belt of humid savannas to the south.
What kind of rain does the Sahel get?
Annual rainfall ranges from 100–200 mm in the north of the strip up to 600 mm in the south, where climatologists place the beginning of the tropical forests. The Sahel lands are grasslands and savannahs, with scrub areas to the north, alternating areas of trees, mainly acacias, in the south.
When do plants in the Sahel still grow?
Studied in conjunction with rainfall, the vegetation record reveals that plants in the Sahel still grow when the region receives rainfall. These images contrast March 2004, during the dry season, with September 2004, during the rainy season. The top images show the vegetation index while the lower images show rainfall during the same period.
What kind of land is in the Sahel desert?
The Sahel lands are grasslands and savannahs, with scrub areas to the north, alternating areas of trees, mainly acacias, in the south.
Why was there a dry period in the Sahel?
The dry period lasted until the mid-1990s, leaving many to wonder if the Sahara was creeping south, swallowing the arable land in the Sahel. Ground studies identified farmland that had been irreversibly transformed into non-arable land.