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Fou·ta Djal·lon

also Fu·ta Jal·lon  (fo͞o′tə jə-lōn′, fo͞o′tä jä-lôN′)
A mountainous region of northwest Guinea. It is the source of the headwaters of the Gambia, Niger, and Senegal Rivers.
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This comprehensive approach makes particular sense for a river basin that extends from the lush highlands of Guinea's Fouta Djalon -- sometimes de- scribed as "West Africa's water tower" -- to the arid Sahelian lower reaches of the river basin, where it rains for only two or three months a year and irriga- tion is fundamental to the continuing viability of agriculture.