Two-thirds of Mauritania is desert, which is expanding southwards every year. The country is rich in rock art sites, and ancient rock paintings show giraffes, cattle and other grazing animals which all lived in the region before the desert took over.

Mauritania's Economy

Mauritania's economy is dominated by extractive industries (oil and mines), fisheries and agriculture. GDP growth has been driven largely by foreign investment in the mining and oil sectors.

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