The Sahel

The word “Sahel” means “border” or “margin”.

Location

• The Sahel is a strip of dry grassland that is located south of the Sahara.

• It is the region between the desert to the north and the grasslands and rain forest to the south.

Climate

• It is a dry, semi-arid region that is slowly turning into desert.

• 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.

The People

• People have tried to live here but generations of overgrazing and desertification have caused soil erosion.

• Vegetation is sparse here—grasses are shrubs are unevenly distributed.