Location within Mali
|• Total||79,017 km2 (30,509 sq mi)|
|• Density||26/km2 (67/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC±0 (UTC)|
The Niger River crosses the region, and is joined by the Bani, its tributary, at the city of Mopti.
The region is separated into several areas: the Niger delta around Mopti, the Bandiagara cliffs and the plain of Bankass along the Burkina Faso frontier. Mount Hombori, the highest point in Mali at 1153 meters, is in the Mopti Region, near the city of the same name.
In terms of its climate, Mopti Region is considered part of the Sahel.
Transportation and Economy
The region is well-irrigated and its agriculture is well-developed, with particularly successful fishing. Mopti serves as an important commercial crossroads between Mali's north, south and bordering nations. Tourism is also well-developed, notably in the cities of Djenné and Mopti (the former of which boasts the Great Mosque of Djenné, the largest mud structure in the world) and in Dogon country.
Though Mopti's location, once a Bozo village named Sanga, had long been inhabited, rapid expansion began under Seku Amadu's Massina Empire around 1820. Expansion continued under the Toucouleur Empire of El Hadj Umar Tall as well as the French colonial administration.
Mopti is divided into 8 Cercles encompassing 108 communes:
- Bandiagara Cercle
- Bankass Cercle
- Djenné Cercle
- Douentza Cercle
- Koro Cercle
- Mopti Cercle
- Tenenkou Cercle
- Youwarou Cercle
- Resultats Provisoires RGPH 2009 (Région de Mopti), République de Mali: Institut National de la Statistique
This article was significantly expanded from the corresponding article from the French Wikipedia, retrieved on July 10, 2005.
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