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Ch. 11-13 Vocab.

TermDefinition
Isthmus. A narrow strip of land having water on each side and joining two larger bodies of land.
Guerrilla. A member of an armed force that is not part of a regular army; relating to a form of warfare carried on by such an independent armed force.
Archipelago. A group of islands.
Coral island. An island formed by the skeletal remains of tiny sea animals and the sand and sediment piling on top of them.
Windward. Facing the wind.
Leeward. Facing away from the wind.
Escarpment. A steep cliff that separates two level areas of differing elevations.
Sertao. An interior plateau in Brazil with poor soil and uncertain rain.
Favela. A slum community in a Brazilian community.
Plantation. A large estate farmed by many workers.
Gasohol. A fuel mixture of gasoline and ethanol.
Deforestation. The process of stripping the land of its trees.
Ecotourism. Tourism that encourages environmental awareness and has little effect on the ecosystem.
Mulatto. A person of mixed African and European ancestry.
Bauxite. A mineral used for making aluminum.
Llano. A grassy plain.
Cordillera. A related set of separate mountain ranges.
Campesino. In Latin America, a tenant farmer or farm worker.
Altiplano. A plateau region located in the Andes of Bolivia and Peru.
Paramo. A plateau in the Andes of Ecuador.
Timber line. The boundary in high elevations above which continuous forest vegetation cannot grow.
Selva. A forested region in Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia.
Estuary. The wide mouth of a river, where freshwater river currents meet salt water.
Piedmont. A region of rolling foothills.
Pampas. A grasslands region in Argentina and Uruguay.
Gaucho. A cowboy who herded cattle in the pampas of Argentina and Uruguay.
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