Semester Final Latin America

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ISTHMUS

a narrow strip of land that connects larger pieces of land; ex. Panama

PANAMA CANAL

a strategic waterway that connects the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean

PULL FACTOR

something that encourages someone to move to another location

PUSH FACTOR

something that forces someone out of one place to move to another place

BIODIVERSITY

the huge variety of plants and animal species that are found in the Amazon Rainforest

ANDES MOUNTAINS

long mountain range that runs down the west coast of South America

AMAZON RIVER

has over 1,000 tributaries and releases more water at its mouth than any other river in the world

TRIBUTARY

a river or stream that connects to another river or stream

SOURCE/HEADWATERS

where a river begins; usually in mountains

PAMPAS

fertile grassy plains of Argentina and Uruguay; good for growing crops and raising cattle

GUACHO

south american cowboy

LLANOS

fertile grassy plains of Colombia and Venezuela

MEXICO & VENEZUELA

have major oil resources

INCA

ancient Indian civilization of Peru

MAYA

ancient Indian civilization of Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and into Guatemala

INFRASTRUCTURE

the basic support systems needed to keep an economy going including roads, electricity, sewers, water, housing, and education

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