Sacred space

Any locale that people hold in reverence, such as places of worship, cemeteries, and battlefields.

Sahel

A narrow band of dry grassland, running east to west on the southern edge of the Sahara, is used for farming and herding.

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Location: West Indies Official name: Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis Formation (date of independence / date current borders were established): 1983 / 1983 Capital city: Basseterre Population: 50,314 / 362 people per sq mile (140 people per sq km) Total land area: 101 square miles (261 square km) Language(s) spoken: English (official language), English … Read more

Saint Lucia

Location: West Indies Official name: Saint Lucia Formation (date of independence / date current borders were established): 1979 / 1979 Capital city: Castries Population: 161,557 / 685 people per sq mile (265 people per sq km) Total land area: 239 square miles (620 square km) Language(s) spoken: English (official language), French Creole Main religions: Roman … Read more

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Location: West Indies Official name: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Formation (date of independence / date current borders were established): 1979 / 1979 Capital city: Kingstown Population: 103,869 / 793 people per sq mile (305 people per sq km) Total land area: 150 square miles (389 square km) Language(s) spoken: English (official language), English Creole … Read more

Salinization

The deposition of salts on, and subsequent fertility loss in, soils experiencing a combination of overwatering and high evaporation.

Salt flat

Flatland is made of chemical salts that remain after winds evaporate the moisture in the soil.

Samba

A Brazilian dance with African influences.

Samoa

Location: Australasia & Oceania Official name: Independent State of Samoa Formation (date of independence / date current borders were established): 1962 / 1962 Capital city: Apia Population: 200.000 / 183 people per sq mile (71 people per sq km) Total land area: 1104 square miles (2860 square km) Language(s) spoken: Samoan (official language), English (official … Read more

Samurai

A professional soldier in Japan who served the interests of landowners and clan chiefs.

San Marino

Location: Southern Europe Official name: Republic of San Marino Formation (date of independence / date current borders were established): 1631 / 1631 Capital city: San Marino Population: 31,817 / 1326 people per sq mile (522 people per sq km) Total land area: 23.6 square miles (61 square km) Language(s) spoken: Italian (official language) Main religions: … Read more

Sanctions

Sanctions: penalties imposed by one or more countries on another to persuade that country to follow a certain course of action.

Sand sea

A virtual “ocean” of the sand characteristic of parts of the Middle East, where people, plants, and animals are all but nonexistent.

Săo Tomé and Príncipe

Location: West Africa Official name: the Democratic Republic of Săo Tomé and Príncipe Formation (date of independence / date current borders were established): 1975 / 1975 Capital city: Săo Tomé Population: 179,506 / 484 people per sq mile (187 people per sq km) Total land area: 386 square miles (1001 square km) Language(s) spoken: Portuguese … Read more

Saudi Arabia

Location: Southwest Asia Official name: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Formation (date of independence / date current borders were established): 1932 / 1932 Capital city: Riyadh Population: 26.2 million / 32 people per sq mile (12 people per sq km) Total land area: 756,981 square miles (1,960,582 square km) Language(s) spoken: Arabic (official language) Main religions: … Read more

Savanna

Savanna – open grassland in a tropical or subtropical region.