The latitudinal extent of Mali is 10 degrees and 25 degrees north, and longitudinal extent is 13 degrees west and 5 degrees east. Mali stands on 24th place of the world’s largest countries. It can be compared in size to South Africa and Angola. As most of the country lies in the southern Sahara, it produces a hot, dust laden Sudanese Savanna zone. Topographically, Mali is mostly flat and it rises to rolling northern plains covered by sand.