D: 3/11/13A: Central Africa NotesS: How can the Democratic Republic of the Congo use their resources?H: Nonew.o.d: canopyWarm-Up: Answer questions underInterpreting the Chart on pgs. 5536 &537. Write the questions and answers.
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I. Democratic Republic of the CongoA. Land 1. Has high rugged mountains, four lakes, Savannas, tropical grasslands, and highlands 2. A rainforest canopy covers the basin and Congo RiverB. Climate 1. Due to its location on the equator the climate is a hot, humid tropical climate
I. Democratic Republic of the CongoC. Economy 1. Rich in mineral resources like gold, petroleum, diamonds & copper 2. Factories make steel, cement, tires, textiles, & foods 3. Crops include corn, rice, cotton, palm oil & coffee 4. Lack of transportation & dictators cripple the economy
I. Democratic Republic of the CongoD. The People 1. There are over 250 ethnic groups, French is official language, most people are Roman Catholic 2. It was settled by the Bantu 10,000 years ago, in the 1400s the Portuguese set up a slave trade, in late 1800 Belgium took over until it became independent Zaire in 1960. Beginning in the 1990s the people rebelled and dictatorships were set up and it was renamed. Today they still struggle to set up a stable government
II. Other Countries of Central AfricaA. Cameroon & the Central African Republic 1. Cameroon has hot, humid lowlands along the coast and tropical savanna and steppe climate inland 2. The major climate of Central African Republic lies on the equator on a savanna plateau 3. Most farm cacao, cotton, tobacco and rubber 4. Both countries are beginning to industrialize
II. Other Countries of Central AfricaB. Congo & Gabon 1. Both countries have swampy regions of lush dense forests 2. They export lumber and oil but Gabon is suffering from deforestationB. Island Countries 1. Equatorial Guinea was a Spanish colony. They farm cacao, harvest wood for export and fish. 2. Sao Tome & Principe were colonies of Portugal. They grow coconuts, bananas and cacao