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The Informationist

A Thriller

by Taylor Stevens

The Informationist
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    Mar 2011, 320 pages
    Oct 2011, 336 pages

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A Look at Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea, the locales of The Informationist

map of Cameroon Cameroon's official name is the Republic of Cameroon. It's located on the western coast of Africa on the Bight of Biafra, which is part of the Gulf of Guinea. At 183,568 square miles, the country is a little larger than the state of California. It's been called "Africa in miniature" by the government due to its geological and cultural diversity, and within its borders one can find beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests and savannas. The climate, too, is varied, ranging from tropical along its western coastline to semiarid and hot in the north. The country is also known as the "hinge of Africa," as a geologic fault line runs through it, and the area is, consequently, very seismically active. Mt. Cameroon, the highest mountain in sub-Saharan West Africa at 13,435 feet, is the most active volcano in West Africa and erupted as recently as 2000. Consequently, lakes in the Oku Volcanic Field have, on occasion, released fatal volcanic gases, which in 1986 were responsible for ...

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