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Developing Sudan’s Oil Industry, MS

Length of Time:   30-45 Minutes


Sudan has long been one of the poorest countries in the world. Oil was discovered in the southern portion of the country in the1970s. The ability to participate in the global energy economy in the last decade has changed a great deal for some members of the country. In a true economic sense, there are costs and benefits to developing Sudan’s oil industry. A wonderful website called Understanding Sudan will allow students to explore the impact of this resource on Darfur and Sudan.

Essential Questions

How does Sudan’s oil industry affect its position in the world?

Common Core Standards

Content Standards

Grade 6: World Geography: Concepts and Skills:

  • History and Geography: Reading and Interpreting Maps
  • Key Elements of Market Economy
  • Products Traded
  • Learning Standards: Africa