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Title Sub-Saharan Africa
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Sub-Saharan Africa is a geographical term used to describe the area of the African continent which lies south of the Sahara, or those African countries which are fully or partially located south of the Sahara. It contrasts with North Africa, which is considered a part of the Arab world. The Sahel is the transitional zone between the Sahara and the tropical savanna (the Sudan region) and forest-savanna mosaic to the south. The Horn of Africa and large areas of Sudan are geographically part of Sub-Saharan Africa, but also part of the Arab world. The Sub-Saharan region is also known as Black Africa, in reference to its many black populations. Notably, commentators in Arabic in the medieval period used a similar term, bilâd as-sûdân, for the region south of the Sahara, which literally translates as "land of the blacks." According to scientific studies natural human skin colour diversity is highest in black or Sub-Saharan African populations. Since probably the 5.9 kiloyear event, the...
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