Sunday, February 9, 2014

Up with Geography: Algeria

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Country Name:




Continent of Africa. Algeria outlined in
black ink & shaded.

A closer look at Algeria & its neighbors.

Tunisia, Libya, Niger, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco (Note: There is a territory between Mauritania and Morocco called Western Sahara that is currently in dispute. It is not included as a neighbor because it's not currently an official country.)

Water Borders:
Mediterranean Sea

Total Area(added March 2015)
919, 595 square miles

Five Largest Cities:
Algiers, Oran, Constantine, Annaba, Blida

Famous Geographical Point:
Sahara Desert

Famous Person:
Saint Augustine, theologian

Book Set In/About:
The Stranger by Albert Camus

The story of a young Algerian man drawn into a world of intrigue and murder.

Movie Set In/About:
"The Battle of Algiers (La battaglia di Algeri)" (1966), directed by Gillo Pontecorvo

A movie about the Algerian people struggling to gain independence from France.

Headline of the Day:
"Algerian Court Detains 10 Over Sectarian Violence" in Al Arabiya News.


Patricia said...

All right! I would have placed this in Africa and probably been able to name the capital. But I'm excited to note that St. Augustine was from there. Interesting.

balyien said...

Yep, Augustine was from Hippo, which is modern-day Annaba, the fourth largest city in Algeria.

It was very difficult for me to list St. Augustine over Zinedine Zidane, a famous soccer player. You know how I love my soccer players. But Zidane wasn't actually born in Algeria.