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Africa is the world's second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. At about 30,221,532 sq km (11,668,545 sq mi) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of the Earth's total surface area, and 20.4% of the total land area. With more than 900 million people (as of 2005) in 61 territories, it accounts for about 14% of the world's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Suez Canal and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. There are 46 countries including Madagascar, and 53 including all the island groups.

Africa straddles the equator and encompasses numerous climate areas; it is the only continent to stretch from the northern temperate to southern temperate zones. Because of the lack of natural regular precipitation and irrigation as well as glaciers or mountain aquifer systems, there is no natural moderating effect on the climate except near the coasts.


Adams, Brandon & Rachel - Kenya
Auterson, Frank & Karon - Ethiopia
Bowles, Daniel & Meshelle - Zambia
Joyce, Charles & Mary - Burkina Faso
Long, Phil & Vala - Madagascar
Owens, Larry & Jackie - Sierra Leone
Stanley, Carl & Michelle - Tanzania
Stephens, Phil & Melody - Zambia
Stringfield, Larry & Martha - Kenya
Wright, Dwayne & Tammy - Ethiopia
Yarnell, Lyle & Rosie - Zambia



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