A Geography of Ghana

A Geography of Ghana

A Geography of Ghana

A Geography of Ghana

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This book is intended primarily for students preparing for the School Certificate Examination and the G.C.E. in West Africa, for whom at present no suitable textbook on the geography of Ghana exists. It is hoped, however, that first-year University students and others with more general interests will find it useful as an introductory study.

I have assumed that the majority of my readers will already be familiar with the basic terminology and principles of elementary physical geography and map-work, and therefore, although I have tried to make the presentation as simple as possible, I have made little attempt to explain the few technical terms whose use was felt to be necessary now and again in the interests of clearness and brevity.

Even so, many of the names of geological formations in Ghana, which appear in chapter 2 and, to a less extent, in chapter 12, are likely to be unfamiliar. Most of these names were first coined by the Ghana Geological Survey, and their use has tended to be confined to their own highly technical publications. While fully conscious of the difficulties likely to be presented by such unfamiliar and often lengthy terms, I consider that they form part of the essential 'grammar' of the subject, and at the level for which this book is intended there is nothing to be gained by postponing acquaintance with them. A good, up-to-date geological map will enable the student to understand these terms and also to grasp the outlines of Ghana's geology, which should provide a useful foundation for more advanced work later.

Other terms likely to be unfamiliar are the names of the regions into which the country has been divided for purposes of geographical study and those of a few natural features such as mountain ranges and conspicuous lowland areas. Many of these are names which I have had to devise myself, and although space . . .

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