Mind Blowing Facts About Africa
The continent Africa aside it distinctive culture and attractive serene environment that lure most influx in coming to Africa. The continent has over hundred surprising facts which will wow you.
Languages, ethnic groups, minerals,wildlife,waterfalls,rivers are all unique things about Africa but the above will blow your mind.
One mind blowing facts about Africa is the Giza pyramid
The next of our Africa facts centres on the culture surrounding death and the afterlife. It is believed that African people were among the first to mummify the corpses of their dead almost 9,000 years ago.
This fact was discovered when the mummified body of an infant child was found in southern Libya. The child’s body was found curled in the foetal position and the technique used to mummify it was very sophisticated for the time.
Another mind blowing facts about Africa is Continents Drifting Apart
The next of our interesting Africa facts tells us about its geography. Before humans inhabited the continent, it was joined to what would later become four other present day continents – South America, India, Antarctica and Australia.
These future continents all made up one giant landmass called Pangaea. Over millions of years this mass of land eventually broke apart into the various continents we know today – with their wildly varying climates. We call this phenomena continental drift and the term was established in 1912 by Alfred Weneger.
River and water falls
- The longest river in the world, the Nile (4,132 miles), is located in Africa.
- Africa has the world’s largest desert, the Sahara, which is almost the size of the United States.
- Victoria Falls is the largest waterfall in Africa; it is 355 feet high and one mile wide.
- Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain on the continent. It towers over 19,300 feet, which is so tall that glaciers can be found at its summit even though the mountain is near the equator.
- Madagascar is the largest island in Africa and the fourth largest island in the world. It is in the Indian Ocean off the East coast of Africa.
- A plateau called Witwatersrand in South Africa has produced half of the gold ever mined on Earth.
- Africa is the second largest continent on earth, approximately 11.7 million square miles.
- Africa straddles the equator and is the only continent to extend from the northern temperate zone to the southern temperate zone.
- Africa is the hottest continent on earth.
- Sudan is Africa’s largest country (968,000 square miles).
- Africa covers 6 percent of the earth’s total surface and 20.4 percent of the total land area.
- Cairo is the continents largest city.
- Long before humans were around (the early Mesozoic Era) Africa was joined to the other continents in a massive continent called Pangaea. Over millions of years this huge continent broke apart shaping the world landscape as we know it today.
- It is widely believed the African continent got its name from the ancient Romans. Upon defeating the ancient northern African city of Carthage, the Romans founded a province there they named Africa; named after the Afri tribe that inhabited the area.
- Dallol in Northern Ethiopia has the world’s hottest average temperature. The average temperature in this locality is 93 degrees Fahrenheit (33.89 degrees Celsius).
Animals Are Another Mind Blowing Fact About Africa
- Africa is full of dangerous animals that account for thousands of human deaths per year. Mosquitos which can transmit numerous dangerous diseases such as malaria kill the most people. Other deadly animals include the hippopotamus, the deadliest mammal, and the Puff Adder, the most dangerous snake.
- The worlds largest land animal is the African elephant.
- The worlds tallest animal, the giraffe, lives in Africa.
- The fastest land animal in the world, the cheetah, lives in Africa.
- Africa is home to the worlds largest reptile, the Nile crocodile.
- The gorilla, which can be found in the continents jungles, is the worlds largest primate.
- The world’s largest frog, the goliath frog (also called the goliath bullfrog) lives in Africa. They can be found in the central African countries of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. They can grow to lengths of over 1 foot (30.5 centimeters).
- Twenty five percent of the earth’s bird species live in Africa.
1. Algeria is the biggest country in Africa by land area.
2. The world’s hottest place — Ethiopia — is in Africa.
3. The continents terrain was inhabitable and remained unknown for thousands of years, earning it the name of ‘Dark Continent’.
4. The equator passes through the middle of the Dark Continent and it receives direct sunlight throughout the year.
5. The major animals in Africa include — cheetah, African elephant, lion, zebra, Egyptian mongoose, giraffe, addax.
6. The largest waterfall in Africa is the Victoria Falls and it is located on the Zimbabwe and Zambia border. It has a height of 355 feet and the width of the water fall runs into almost a mile.
7. More than 50% of the world’s French-speaking population lives here on the continent.
8. Angola has more Portuguese speakers than Portugal.
9. Africa has a pink lake in Senegal.
10. Africa is the hottest continent on earth.
Africa Was First Explored by Humans in 322 BC
This is one of our most important and interesting historical Africa facts. It was around this time that Alexander the Great first founded Alexandria. After this, the Roman Empire began to try and integrate and include a great proportion of the Mediterranean coastline of northern Africa into their empire
The Term “Evil Eye” Originates in Africa
Many of us are familiar with this term and use it in a derogatory fashion, but most of us are unaware of where it comes from. Some African people are very superstitious, and believe that giving anyone the evil eye can cause great harm, or even sickness and death.
In Morocco, for example, some men paint or embroider red eyes onto the back of their clothes to effectively counteract the potential danger of evil eyes.
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