The word “Sahel” means “border” or “margin”.
• It is the region between the desert to the north and the grasslands and rain forest to the south.
• The Sahel is relatively flat with few mountains and hills.
• It gets more rainfall than the desert, but still receives very little, ranging from 6-20 inches.
• Vegetation is sparse here—grasses are shrubs are unevenly distributed.
Located below the Sahara Desert!
Desertifica-tion in the Sahel
The grasslands are slowly turning into desert!
Food Shortages in the Sahel
Soil erosion and drought are causes of famine in the Sahel region!