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This text removed from comments in the quickbar. - Can anyone translate this French, or is it spam? -- Huttite 04:41, 25 May 2004 (EDT)


Internet au Gabon: des Asoociation telles que le Forum des Amis du Net font de la formation et de la sensibilistion en milieu jeunes , parmi les portails sociaux les plus en vue, http://www.coopgabon.net ou encore http://www.gabontech.com

"Internet in Gabon: Associations, such as the Net-Friends Forum provide for training and consciousness raising for young people. Among the social portals most commonly seen are http://www.coopgabon.net and http://www.gabontech.com"

The first one seems like sort of a useful offsite link, while the second one is sort of like yahoo Gabon. I'll leave it up to somebody else to decide what is and isn't appropriate. -- Mark 04:59, 25 May 2004 (EDT)

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Gabon Topo Map.png

Gabon seems to have three geographic regions and I propose splitting along those lines: Coastal Plain, Highlands and Savanna. The split would look approximately like this rough and ready topo map. The Highlands/Savanna split mostly follows the course of the Ogooué river. Need some inspiration on region names. --Burmesedays 11:52, 23 January 2010 (EST)

That looks like the right split to me. I was going to suggest a division that would keep the rainforest in its own region, until I realized the whole freaking country is rainforest. It's also almost entirely Bantu and Francophone, so no good cultural divisions to be made. I think we should keep "savanna" out of the article title—when I hear "savanna," I envision flat plains like the sort you would see in southern or eastern Africa. The savanna here is completely covered by jungle. This map [1] isn't free, but is useful to get a lay of the land, and to find the locations of the national parks. This one [2] is useful too.
I'm having trouble finding good names too, possibly because there just isn't very much information about this country online. For the coastal region, maybe something cheesy like "Mangroves, beaches, and lagoons?" Highlands → "Jungle Highlands?" Savanna → "Jungle Interior?" --Peter Talk 12:13, 23 January 2010 (EST)
Good maps, especially the 2nd one. We might have to stick to something horribly bland for the coast like "Coastal Plain (Gabon)". It is shame that the central highlands are made up of two ranges. That scuppers a neat solution. Savanna is for sure misleading for the non-botanists out there (i.e everyone!). Lowland Rainforest (Guyana) and Highland Rainforest (Guyana)? I am totally uninspired today. Of the official provinces, five have Ogooué in their name. I am though struggling to see how we can fit in the river name. --Burmesedays 12:26, 23 January 2010 (EST)
This division looks fine to me. The guidebook I have divides Gabon into "The Coast", the "Western Interior", the "North & East", and the "South-east". The last two roughly correspond to the "Savanna" region in the map. The problem with the book is that it doesn't have any descriptions of the regions (it only lists info for cities in these regions), so I don't understand why the author split the eastern part of the country. AHeneen 17:02, 23 January 2010 (EST)

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