South America Vocabulary

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economy

system by which goods and services are produced and distributed to meet people's needs

resources

all things used in producing goods and services

deforestation

The process of stripping the land of its trees

rain forest

forests along the equator that remain hot and humid all year long.

plateau

a broad, flat area of land higher than the surrounding land

boom

a time of fast economic growth

privatization

The replacement of government services with services provided by private firms.

pesticide

A chemical intended to kill insects and other organisms that damage crops.

Oil

a thick liquid that comes from under the Earth's surface which is used as a fuel and for making parts of machines move easily

Copper

A malleable, ductile, metallic element having a characteristic reddish brown color.

Canopy

dense covering formed by the leafy tops of tall rain forest trees

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