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Algeria, an extremely fertile land, is known for its huge exports in crops. From wheat, to oats and barley, the country's food resources are extremely important. The country is in fact the largest oat exporter in the entirety of Africa. Algeria's main cities are Algiers, Oran and Constantine, which are reasonably sized and are a complement to the agricultural side of the country. Still recovering from a debt ridden economy, Algeria has shown much promise as a developing country, especially within the last decade.
Officially the People's Republic of Algeria, the country stands as the second largest on the African continent. It is bordered by Tunisia on the North-West, by Libya in the East, by Niger in the South-West and by Morocco and a few kilometers of the Western Sahara in the West.
Its climate is temperate in Northern Algeria with a mild Mediterranean climate. In Tell Atlas the Winters are not particularly cold and the Summers are warm. Rainfall is abundant here, yet farther inland it is less plentiful. In Eastern Algeria the temperatures are very low. The Sirocco is a dusty, choking wind that blows in from the desert and is a prominent feature of the region.
Most of the coastal areas are hilly, but sometimes are mountainous. In the area South of the coast, is the Tell Atlas, which is made up of fertile land. Further South is the Atlas mountain range and the Sahara desert. The Ahaggar Mountains , known more commonly as the Hoggar, is a highland region in the central Sahara within Southern Algeria . A small corner of the Maddie Sahara lies across the Tropic of Cancer and during the Winter this region is very hot during the day, but chilly in the evening.
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Algeria's natural resources include: petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, phosphates, uranium, lead and zinc.
Algeria is divided into 48 provinces (wilayas), 553 counties (dairas) and is further divided into 1, 541 municipalities (baladiyahs). The Capital city and largest city of each Algerian province, county and municipality takes on the same name as the province.