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Chapter 8 Vocabulary

Cordillera a system of MOUNTAIN RANGES that often consist of a number of more or less PARALLEL CHAINS
Altiplano means "HIGH PLAIN". It is a large, flat plain at a high elevation.
Escarpment a LONG, STEEP SLOPE, especially one at the edge of a plateau or separating areas of land at different heights
Llano a treeless grassy plain.
Pampa an extensive generally grass-covered PLAIN of temperate South America EAST OF THE ANDES
Gaucho a COWBOY of the South American PAMPAS.
Hydroelectric Power electricity generated from WATER POWER.
Estuary the tidal mouth of a large river, where the TIDE MEETS THE STREAM.
Canopy refers to the upper layer or habitat zone, formed by MATURE TREE CROWNS
Tierra caliente a cultural and geographical region in southern Mexico that comprises some low-elevation areas of the states of Michoacán, Guerrero and Mexico. As the name suggests, the region is characterized by a HOT CLIMATE.
Tierra templada a region or zone of TEMPERATE (AVERAGE) CLIMATE
Tierra fria mountain locations where high elevation results in a markedly COOLER CLIMATE than that encountered in the lowlands at a comparable latitude.
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