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Ch. 11,12,13 vocab

isthmus a narrow strip of land having water in each side and joining two 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 ad sediment pilling 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 city
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 awarenaess and has little effect on the ecosystem
mulatto a person of mixed African and European ancestry
bauxite a mineral used to making aluminum
llano a grassy plain
cordillera a related set of separate mountain ranges
campesino in Latin America, a tenant farmer of 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 forest 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 grassland region in Argentina
gaucho a cowboy who herded cattle in the pampas of Argentina and Uruguay
Created by: tyfox



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