List the characteristics that make sub-saharan africa a distinct world region. Summarize the major ecosystems in the region and how humans have adapted to living in them. Describe the factors that have made wildlife conservation and tourism important aspects of the region"s economy. Explain the region"s rapid demographic growth and describe the differential impact of hiv/aids upon the region. Summarize various cultural influences of african peoples within the region and globally. Describe the relationship between ethnicity and conflict in this region and the strategies for maintaining peace. Asses the roots of african poverty and explain why many of the fastest-growing economies in the world today are in sub-saharan africa. List the major resources of the region, especially metals and fossil fuels, and describe how they are impacting the region"s development. Dominated by extensive areas of geologic uplift. Immense biodiversity, vast water resources, and wealth of precious minerals. Plateaus and elevated basins dominate the african interior.