Chapter 12 vocab and Latin America

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Tepuis

Erosion that has left a chain of high plateus, edged by high cliffs.

Tree line

The line of elevation above which trees do not grow.

Llanos

Large plains located in northeastern Colombia and western Venezuela

Gran Chaco

Plains located between the Andes and the Brazilian Highlands.

Pampas

Wide grasslands

El Nino

An event about one or twice a decade, when the dry pacific coast is affected by an ocean and weather pattern.

La Nina

When pacific waters are colder than normal

Chibacha

Ruled and developed god working skills.

Inca

Founded south America's greatest early civilization

latifundia

Large estates spread across the Pampas.

Buffer state

A small country between two larger, more powerful countries

Coup

A change of government

Manioc

A tropical plant with starchy roots.

Minifundia

Small farms usually on poor land and are to small to be profitable.

Mercosur

Purpose was to expand trade, improve transportation, and reduce tariffs among member countries

Favelas

Brazil's large slums surrounded by major cities

Landlocked

A country that has no border on the ocean

Terrorism

The use of fear and violence as a political force

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