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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A mountainous region of northwest Guinea. It is the source of the headwaters of the Gambia, Niger, and Senegal rivers.


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  • It is much grown in certain mountainous regions such as Fouta Djallon in Guinea, and on soils with a little laterite in Upper Volta and Mali.

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  • Based on the life of Olivier de Sanderval, a man who journeyed to Guinea to build an empire by conquering the hostile region of Fouta Djallon, the book explores how Sanderval braves all dangers to build a railway that will bring modern civilization to Africa.

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  • The River Gambia originates in Fouta Djallon in the mountain region of Western Guinea and flows through Senegal before entering the Gambia.

    Water profile of Gambia

  • At 1,100 m, the Fouta Djallon is not high enough to develop true montane vegetation although it is found on some isolated peaks.

    Guinean montane forests

  • With the exception of the Fouta Djallon, all of these peaks are rounded, as a result of millions of years of erosion and weathering.

    Guinean montane forests

  • For example, the most westerly tributary of the Niger River originates in the Loma Mountains of Sierra Leone, while the Senegal and Gambia Rivers originate in the Fouta Djallon of Guinea.

    Guinean montane forests

  • Fonio is the staple of many people in the Plateau State of Nigeria and the Fouta Djallon plateau of Guinea, both areas with altitudes of about 1,000 m.

    3. Fonio (Acha)

  • In Guinea's Fouta Djallon region, where fonio is common, the soils are acidic clays with high aluminum content - a combination toxic to most food crops.

    3. Fonio (Acha)

  • It is cultivated by farmers only in the Fouta Djallon plateau, a rather remote region of northwestern Guinea.

    13. Other Cultivated Grains


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