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                The Purpose of this web page is to give the students a brief outlook on  Mozambique.

                           

                                   Welcome to Ms. Thompson's 7th grade

                                                   Geography Class

   

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1.)Which city is not located on the map of Mozambique?

A.) Malawi B.) Zambia C.) Maputo D.) Guinea

2.)What river is located by the Maputo Reserve?

A.) Save River B.) Limpapo River C.) Zambai River D.) Rovuma River

3.) What is the capital of Mozambique?

A.) Zimbabwe B.) Xai Xai C.) Maxixe D.) Maputo

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    Mozambique was officially Republic of Mozambique, country located on the southeastern coast of Africa. It was bisected by a powerful river( Zambezi River). Mozambique was a major source of slaves for European colonies in the Americas. Mozambique achieved it's independence in 1975. Then participated in a civil war between the government and an communist rebel movement. By the end of the war in 1992, more than one million people had died, and the country’s economy was ruined.

    Mozambique is located along the Indian Ocean and is bordered by Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west, and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest. At its widest point, Mozambique measures about 1,100 km (700 mi) from east to west.

    The Limpopo, and Komati rivers are important resources. Most of Mozambique’s rivers fluctuate wildly in volume between the wet and dry seasons, and continually shift their shallow channels. Only the Zambezi is navigable for more than a short distance from the coast. Central Mozambique is dominated by the valley of the Zambezi which is one of the world’s largest rivers and the fourth longest in Africa. To the north, the Ruvuma and Lugenda rivers are sources of water and irrigation, while south of the Zambezi, the Pungwe, Save (Sabi).

    Mozambique  used to supported a large and varied animal population. Elephants, water buffaloes, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, baboons, giraffes, lions, cobras, adders, flamingos, herons, buzzards, and other animals thrived throughout much of the region. However, much of the country’s animal habitat has been destroyed. The reserves and game parks established by the Portuguese suffered nearly complete losses of habitat during the civil war in the 1980s.

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    Mozambique has few mineral resources. A coal deposit in the Zambezi Valley has been successfully mined since colonial times, and gold is mined in small quantities in the mountains. Bauxite also was mined profitably in the 1990s. Forests cover 39 percent of Mozambique, and only 5 percent of the land is arable.  

     All of Mozambique’s major cities are found along the coast. The capital, Maputo, lies in the extreme south of the country and is the only city with major industrial activity. Beira, south of the Zambezi Delta, is Mozambique’s second largest city.

    Mozambique had an estimated population of 17,479,266 in 2003, giving the country an average density of 22 persons per sq .Despite a dozen years of civil war, the country doubled its population between 1970 and 1998. Many people fled to cities during the war, but the population of Mozambique remains overwhelmingly rural.

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The people of Mozambique speak at least one of eight native languages. Most of the languages originated in Bantu. The Zambezi Valley has been a meeting place of many different peoples over the centuries. People north of the river speak languages related to those of Malawi and Zambia, who are often referred to as the Maravi language group. South of the Zambezi as far as the Save River are groups who speak languages related to Shona. Since Mozambique’s population is divided into numerous small ethnic subgroups, there is no dominant ethnic group.

 Mozambique get it's major source of energy from dams. The Cabora Bassa Dam on the Zambezi River used to operate until damage had been inflicted by the civil war.

                                                Quick Quiz

1.) What is the most powerful river located in Mozambique?

A.) The Nile River B.) Rovuma River C.) Gile River D.) Zambezi River

2.) Which of the following is not a resource in Mozambique?

A.) Coal B.) Gold C.) Bauxite D.) Silver

3.) When did Mozambique achieve it's independence?

A.) 1999 B.) 1844 C.)1975 D.) 2001

4.)What is the dominant ethnic group of Mozambique?

A.) Portugese B.) Indonesian C.) African D.) None of the above

5.) Where is the major meeting place of Mozambique located?

A.) Maputo B.) Xai - Xai C.) Zambezi Valley D.) Rovuma

6.) What is Mozambique's major energy source?

A.) Factories B.) Skyscrapers C.) Dams D.) None Of The Above

7.) What was the purpose of reading this web page?

A.) To gather information B.) To write a summary C.) To amuse friends D.) None Of The Above

 

 

 

Answers from map! 1.) D 2.) B 3.) D

Answers to quiz 1.) A 2.) D 3.) C 4.) D 5.) C 6.) D 7.) A