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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Sahara

Thilo Marauhn

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 May 2019

Subject(s):
National liberation movements — Territory, non-self-governing — Sovereignty — Territory, acquisition and transfer — Boundaries

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The Sahara is the largest tropical and climatic desert in the world, covering an area of more than nine million square kilometres and encompassing almost all of northern Africa. Geographically, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean and the Atlas Mountains in the west to the Red Sea in the east, from the Mediterranean Sea in the north to the Sahel, a semi-arid tropical savanna, in the south. Politically, the Sahara includes parts of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, and Sudan. The topography of the Sahara...
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