Cameroon at a Glance
|Location:||Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Biafra, between Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria|
|Climate:||varies with terrain, from tropical along coast to semiarid and hot in north|
|Terrain:||diverse, with coastal plain in southwest, dissected plateau in center, mountains in west, plains in north|
|Resources:||petroleum, bauxite, iron ore, timber, hydropower|
|Hazards:||volcanic activity with periodic releases of poisonous gases from Lake Nyos and Lake Monoun volcanoes|
A Brief Profile of Cameroon
The former French Cameroon and part of British Cameroon merged in 1961 to form the present country. Cameroon has generally enjoyed stability, which has permitted the development of agriculture, roads, and railways, as well as a petroleum industry. Despite a slow movement toward democratic reform, political power remains firmly in the hands of President Paul BIYA.