Mali officially the Republic of Mali is a landlocked country in West Africa. Mali is the eighth largest country in Africa, with an area of just over 1,240,000 square kilometres. The country's terrain is mostly flat, arid, and sandy. With an area of 1,240,000 square kilometers, Mali is almost twice as large as the state of Texas. Mali is divided into eight administrative regions.
The only two perennial lakes of any real size are located in the center of the country on either side of the Niger River. To the east of the river sits Lake Niangay, and northwest of this lake is the larger Lake Faguibine. Lake Faguibine is the largest lake in Mali, with a rainy season surface area of 590 square kilometers.
After the September through December rainy season, the delta region of the Niger about 30,000 square kilometers in total area is flooded. Grasslands become green, and the seasonal lakes Debo, Fati, Teli, Korientze, Tanda, Niangay, Do, Garou, Aougoundou, and others are filled with water.