Sub-Saharan Africa is an expansive land mass demarcated by the Sahara Desert to the north and Atlantic and Indian Oceans on the remaining perimeter. The land is blanketed with a series of plateaus that are separated by plunging escarpments. As a result, land passage is nearly impossible and river navigability is also poor due to the high prevalence of rapids and waterfalls. The plateaus roughly divide sub-Saharan Africa into four decipherable geographic regions: the Western Plateau, the Southern Plateau, the Eastern Plateau, also referred to as the Highlands, and the Congo River Basin. The Eastern Plateau lays along the Indian Ocean south of the Arabian Peninsula. It is separated from the rest of sub-Saharan Africa by the Great Rift Valley, which runs thousands of miles from the Red Sea down to Mozambique. This valley is also home to Africa’s Great Lakes. To the west of the rift in the center of the land mass lays the Congo River Basin. The basin is the area surrounding the horseshoe
Net Assessment of Sub-Saharan Africa
Dec. 2, 2015 While the continent in some ways is still struggling to overcome the effects of its colonial past, some sub-Saharan African countries have produced high growth rates in recent years and may become the sorely needed future leaders for the region.