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South America

cordillera a chain of mountains
ecosystem a group of plants and animals that depend on each other and their environments for survival
Latin America areas of middle America influenced by the cultures of Spain, France, or Portugal
representative democracy democracy in which people elect representatives to make the nation's laws
El NiƱo warming of ocean water along the west coast of south America
diversified economy economy that depends on a variety of exports or products
MERCOSUR trading block of the south American countries Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay, free trade agreement signed in 1991
favela Brazilian slum
Human settlement and trade have always tied the region to the Caribbean world
As the resources of the Andes created wealth for the Spanish Empire, a class system developed based on race.
Andes In Colombia, 80 percent of the population lives in the higher, cooler elevations of the...
Venezuela has one of South America's most urban societies
The centers of Brazilian cities contain the businesses and wealthy neighborhoods
The outskirts are filled with favelas or slums
Democracy has returned to the region today and governments are working to protect civil rights
Europeans and Native Americans much of the region's culture is based on the legacy of two groups
Spanish language and culture that still dominates in spite of ethnic diversity
Andes Mountains large population of mestizos and indigenous people influence culture in the....
Brazil colonized by Portugal
diverse population of Brazil
economic growth led to problems of pollution and over fishing
deforestation problem shared by countries in the northern half of south America
rain forest Brazil's main environmental issue
diversified economies economies that depend on a range of exports or products
Pampas vast fertile grasslands that support large farms
rainforests lie east of the Andes
Andes mountains longest mountain range in the world, extend down the west coast of the continent
altiplano large plateau located in Peru and Bolivia, rich in metals such as silver and lead
Amazon river largest river system in the world, empties 58 billion gallons of water from the amazon basin into the atlantic ocean
Orinoco one of the longest rivers in south America
lowland regions stretch for thousands of miles along Brazil's Atlantic coast
oil very important to Venezuela's economy
Andes have many natural resources including Gold, copper, and silver
Cattle ranching open grasslands of the Pampas are ideal for this
Forests cover more than half the country and produce rubber, palm oil, and timber
hydroelectric with all of the water in Brazil, these have been built or planned
equator in the north of this region, temperatures are warmer because it's closer to the
elevation this plays a major in climate in the Andes, the higher you are the colder and wetter it gets
Brazil humid and rainy
south pole in the south of this region, temperatures are colder because it's closer to this
mestizo people of mixed native American and European descent
Andean Community of Nations similar trading agreement among Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru
widest gaps Brazil has this between the rich and poor in the world
Created by: LucyFrench