Agricultural exploitation and the demand for tropical hardwoods have increased the rate of deforestation.
Many valuable resources are found, including gold, diamonds, and iron ore.
The Europeans misunderstood and thought the women were referring to a geographic area; the subsequently used the word "Guinea" to describe coastal West Africa.
Some of these are refugees, others come seeking opportunities in Guinea.
Its area is 94,930 square miles (245,857 square kilometers). The coastal maritime region is filled with mangrove swamps and alluvial plains that support palm trees.
Lower Guinea receives heavy rains, and Conakry is one of the wettest cities in the world.
In Susu, the language spoken by the coastal Susu ethnic group, the word guinè means "woman." When a group of Europeans arrived on the coast they met some women washing clothes in an estuary.
The women indicated to the men that they were women.