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2009-04-17 07:15:00

The kinds of devastating droughts that claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people in Africa's Sahel region in the 1960's and 70's may represent a normal natural occurrence rather than an anomaly, according to new research.  What's more, they may be but a foretaste of the catastrophic "Ëœmegadroughts' that have periodically rocked the region for thousands of year. The dry spells that have brought well-documented and well-publicized disaster to millions of Africans in the last...

2009-01-19 13:49:59

Scientists say satellite imagery from the European Space Agency is helping find water in Nigeria's arid Sahel region. The Water Resources Assessment program identifies underground water sources that could be tapped to help local farmers collect, store and improve water capacity for livestock and crops, the agency said in a release Monday. Maps developed from data collected from 1993 to 2007 over western Nigeria also show where rainfall is likely to create seasonal bodies of water and semi...

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2009-01-19 09:15:00

Like most sub-Saharan African countries, Niger faces problems meeting its water needs. As part of ESA's TIGER initiative, satellite data are being used to identify underground water resources in the drought-prone country. Due to the rainfall variability in time and in space, during recent years the rain-fed agriculture struggles to meet the requirements of food security in the Sahel area. ESA's WADE (Water resources Assessment using SAR in Desert and arid lands in West African Ecosystems)...

2006-02-10 11:53:10

By Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO (Reuters) - U.S. Special Forces are teaching Malian soldiers how to fight terrorism in the country's northern desert, a region potentially rich in oil but seen by U.S. military officials as a sanctuary for Islamic militants. More than 300 Malian soldiers in the Saharan towns of Timbuktu and Gao and the capital Bamako will practice parachuting into the desert, marksmanship, operating under fire and other activities over the next 50 days, officials said. "It...

2005-12-09 11:15:00

By Daniel Flynn DAKAR -- Signs a three-decade long drought in Africa's arid Sahel belt may be ending could herald an increase in hurricanes battering the eastern seaboard of the United States, a leading climatologist in West Africa said. Hurricanes which pummel the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico each year often start their lives thousands of kilometres to the east as black storm clouds which cross the Sahel from the mountains of Chad or Sudan. "Many of the hurricanes which reach Florida or...

2005-10-17 08:57:22

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Rainfall over parts of Africa's Sahel appears to be rising but its greening could prove a mixed blessing if the population surges as a result and drought follows, a leading ecologist said on Monday. "Climate change models suggest the Sahel should be getting drier but observations suggest it is currently getting wetter," Jon Lovett of the University of York in Britain told Reuters on the sidelines of a conference on climate change in Johannesburg. "This could...

2005-07-22 07:55:16

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - On a continent where a man's worth is often measured by his cattle, rivalry for the beasts and the degraded land they graze on is sparking lethal conflicts across Africa. Observers say the violence is rooted in increasingly parched soil which has been battered by overgrazing, erosion, population growth and global warming, exacerbating struggles among human communities with ancient and blood-stained histories. Last week cattle rustlers in northern...

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2005-05-10 15:09:55

ESA -- Medical researchers are using satellites to track massive dust storms blowing across Africa's Sahel belt. The aim is to learn more about lethal meningitis epidemics that often follow in the dust's wake. "Meningitis outbreaks take place after a period without rain, low humidity and lots of dust in the air," explained Isabelle Jeanne of the Niger-based Centre de Recherche M©dicale et Sanitaire (CERMES), associated with the international network des Instituts Pasteur and a partner in...


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Red-fronted Gazelle, Eudorcas rufifrons
2012-05-23 13:53:20

The red-fronted gazelle (Eudorcas rufifrons) can be found mainly in the Sahel zone in the south Sahara desert. Its range is unevenly distributed across mid Africa, through Senegal to northeastern Ethiopia. It prefers habitats in wooded savannahs, arid grasslands, and steppes where shrub cover is abundant. There are currently five recognized subspecies of the red-fronted gazelle. Although it is not listed as a subspecies, one authority considers the Thomson’s gazelle to be a sixth...

African Grass Rat, Arvicanthis niloticus
2012-05-16 12:13:39

The African grass rat (Arvicanthis niloticus) can be found in the sudano-zambesian Savanna belt and the Sahel. Its range includes Benin, Burundi, Chad, the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger, Kenya, Gambia, Ethiopia, Zambia, Uganda, and many other areas. It can also be found in Egypt, Yemen, and Algeria. This rat will live in dry, savannah areas as well as subtropical and tropical areas like, arable land, pasturelands, irrigated land, urban areas, and rural gardens....

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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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