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Physical Geography of Latin America
Physical Geography of Latin America

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SSWG7b Describe the location of major physical features and their impact on Latin America MountainsHighlands Major Features Andes Mountains Brazilian Highlands Sierra Madre Occidental Sierra Madre Oriental ID: 552534 Download Presentation

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Physical Geography of Latin America

SSWG7b

. Describe the location of major physical features and their impact on Latin America. Slide2

Mountains/Highlands

Major Features: Andes Mountains, Brazilian Highlands, Sierra Madre Occidental, Sierra Madre Oriental

Second highest mountains in the world are the Andes

Andes divided into 3 chains mostly in Chile

Occidental (west)—steep with canyons & varying climates

Oriental (east)—tall, isolated and dry

Brazilian Highlands—made from volcanic lavaSlide3

Mountains/Highlands

Andes Mountains

Brazilian Highlands Slide4

Mountains/Highlands

Occidental

OrientalSlide5

Plateaus

Major Features: Mato Grasso Plateau, Patagonia

Patagonia semi-arid plateau known for nomadic herding

Mato Grasso Plateau area where a lot of native people live.Slide6

Plateaus

Mato Grasso

PatagoniaSlide7

Plains/Basins

Major Features: Amazon Basin, Pampas

Pampas is flat prairie like area mostly in Argentina

Pampas—major economic area for agriculture & herding

Amazon Basin—full of rare plants and possibilities for medications.Slide8

Plains/Basins

Amazon Basin

PampasSlide9

Rivers

Major Features: Amazon, Paraguay, Parana

Amazon is the

largest river

in the world with lots of tributaries

Runs through most of Brazil

Paraguay River starts in Mato Grasso Plateau

Mostly used for minor tradingSlide10

Rivers

Amazon River

Piranha!Slide11

Seas/Gulfs

Major Features: Caribbean Sea, Gulf of Mexico

Caribbean Sea has many of the islands of

the

West Indies

Caribbean Sea area’s primary income is tourism

Gulf of Mexico—9

th

largest body of water in world

Recent ecological damageSlide12

Seas/Gulfs

Caribbean Sea

Gulf of MexicoSlide13

Additional Water Features

Major features: Panama Canal, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean

Panama Canal built to lessen travel time for goods

Essentially connects the Atlantic & Pacific (through the Caribbean Sea)

Built from 1904 to 1914

Oceans are part of eco-tourismSlide14

Additional Water Features

Panama Canal

Pacific OceanSlide15

Deserts

Major Feature: Atacama Desert

Northern Chile between ocean and Andes

Almost little vegetation

Less than 1 inch of rain per year

Rich in mineralsSlide16

Deserts

Atacama DesertSlide17

Additional Features

Major Feature: Baja California, Yucatan Peninsula, Tierra del Fuego, Galapagos Islands, Easter Island

Tierra del Fuego is an archipelago

with cold climate

Tierra del Fuego—known for sheep

Galapagos—Darwin & diversity

Easter Island—big statues

Yucatan Peninsula—known for beach vacations

Baja California is actual a part of MexicoSlide18

Additional Features

Baja California

Tierra del FuegoSlide19

Additional Features

Galapagos Islands

Easter Island