Tunisia is the most northerly nation in the African continent. It lies at the eastern end of the Atlas Mountains, which drop down to grassy hills and plateaus grazed by sheep’s and goats. Wheat, oranges, and olives are grown in the northern valleys or on the rich farmland of the Mediterranean coast. Toward the south of the country, however, the climate and landscape are more hostile. Salt lakes called chorts and desert sands bake in the fierce sun. But the south is productive in its own way, with its oil and phosphates making up half of Tunisia’s exports.
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