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Sambaina is located in Madagascar
Location in Madagascar
Coordinates: 18°54′S 47°47′E / 18.900°S 47.783°E / -18.900; 47.783
Country Madagascar
Elevation1,426 m (4,678 ft)
 • Total7,000
Time zoneUTC3 (EAT)

Sambaina is the name of several towns and communes in Madagascar. Sambaina (Manjakandriana) belongs to the district of Manjakandriana, which is a part of Analamanga Region. The population of the commune was estimated to be approximately 7,000 in 2001 commune census.[2]

Primary and junior level secondary education are available in town. The majority, 85%, of the population of the commune are farmers. The most important crops are cassava and potatoes, while other important agricultural products are beans and rice. Services provide employment for 15% of the population.[2]

Sambaina (Antsirabe) is situated to the north of Antsirabe with geographical coordinates of 19°37′0″S, 47°8′0″E. It is notable for its reserves of hydrocarbons in the form of bituminous schist. These are reported by the USGS[3] categorised as oil shale and estimated at 32 million barrels (5,100,000 m3) of shale oil. They are currently under appraisal by Avana Petroleum, a company founded by Sam Malin and that is now a subsidiary of Vanoil Energy.

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Estimated based on DEM data from Shuttle Radar Topography Mission
  2. ^ a b c "ILO census data". Cornell University. 2002. Retrieved 2008-06-03.
  3. ^ Geology and Resources of Some World Oil-Shale Deposits, Scientific Investigations Report 2005–5294

Coordinates: 18°54′S 47°47′E / 18.900°S 47.783°E / -18.900; 47.783