How Much of Africa Is Covered By Forests and How Much of Africa Is Covered By Desert?

Less than one fifth of the African continent is forested, primarily tropical rain forests.

Savannas, or grasslands, cover two-fifths of Africa, the Serengeti Plain is one example.

Deserts cover the remaining two fifths of the continent.

Deforestation affects Africa at twice the global rate, and some scientists claim that most of West Africa’s original forests have been wiped out by deforestation.

Africa’s climate ranges from tropical to subarctic, and the northern half is primarily desert or arid.

The smallest country on the African continent is The Gambia.

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