What is the geography like in Latin America?
There are two mountain ranges, one along the Pacific and one along the Atlantic coast. The south of the country has a dense jungle vegetation and features a warm tropical weather. The center of the country is a mountainous area and the northern areas are mostly arid.
What are some of the important geographic features in Latin America?
What are 4 major physical features of Latin America?
- Andes Mountains. the world’s longest mountain chain, stretching along the west coast of South America.
- Amazon River.
- Orinoco River.
- Atacama Desert.
- Gulf of Mexico.
- Caribbean Sea.
- Strait of Magellan.
- Lake Titicaca.
What geographical feature makes trade easier in Latin America?
The suez canal, persian gulf , strait of hormuz , arabian sea and the red sea make trade easier. Much of the worlds oil supply is shipped through the strait of hormuz.
Why do geographers use the term Latin America?
Term “Latin America” originally used by French geographers to differentiate between Anglo and Romance (Latin based) languages.
What factors make Latin America a region?
The strict definition of ‘Latin America’ is the region of the Americas where Latin languages are spoken (Spanish, Portuguese and French). These countries have more in common with each other, sharing elements of historical experience, language and culture, than they do with North America.
What is the most common climate in Latin America?
The climate of Latin America ranges from the hot and humid Amazon River basin to the dry and desert-like conditions of northern Mexico and southern Chile. Rain forest, desert, and savanna are all found in the region. The vegetation varies from rain forests to grass- lands and desert scrub.
What place in Latin America is the driest on Earth?
The Atacama Desert
The Atacama Desert is commonly known as the driest place in the world, especially the surroundings of the abandoned Yungay town (in Antofagasta Region, Chile). The average rainfall is about 15 mm (0.6 in) per year, although some locations receive 1 to 3 mm (0.04 to 0.12 in) in a year.
What type of landforms are found in Latin America?
The mountains of Latin America form one of the great ranges of the world.
- THE ANDES MOUNTAINS.
- LLANOS OF COLOMBIA AND VENEZUELA.
- PLAINS OF AMAZON RIVER BASIN.
- PAMPAS OF ARGENTINA AND URUGUAY.
- ORINOCO RIVER.
- AMAZON RIVER.
- PARANA RIVER.
Why is it important for us to learn about the geography of Latin America?
Marczak: Latin America is important to the United States first due to geography. It is a huge opportunity for US trade and, specifically, US exports. The US has more free trade partners in Latin America than in any other region of the world.
How is the geography of Latin America different?
Latin America stretches from the tropics of the equator nearly to Antarctica. It encompasses rainforests, deserts, and mountains, and is part of two different continents. So, how in any sense can we call Latin America a unified region? In reality, Latin America only exists in terms of human geography, or the landscape as it applies to human lives.
Where does Latin America start and where does it end?
Latin America refers to a large region in the Western Hemisphere, from Mexico through Argentina and Chile. In terms of physical geography, Latin America starts in the tropical region of North America called Central America, and covers all of South America.
What makes Latin America the most influential region?
Common linguistic, ethnic, and historic trends roughly unite Latin American nations, but their identities are always flexible. This makes Latin America one of the most influential regions in the world that may or may not exist. To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Which is the southern border of Latin America?
The southern border of Latin America is Cape Horn, (actually the island of Hornos). Latin American countries claim Antarctica as well, but since 1959 claims for this region have been suspended by the Antarctic Treaty, which now has 25 signers and 14 observers.