Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 25, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412963893 | Print ISBN: 9781412958783 | Online ISBN: 9781412963893| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
LOCATED IN WEST Africa, and a former French colony, Mauritania has a land area of 397,954 sq. mi. (1,030,700 sq. km.), a population of 3,124,000 (2006 est.), and a population density of 7.8 people per sq. mi. (3 people per sq. km.). It is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. The Sahara Desert covers much of the country, with less than 1 percent of the Regarding ...