Ch. 12 South America

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tepuís

a chain of high plateaus in the Guiana Highlands

Llanos

large plains areas in North Eastern Colombia & Western Venezuela

El Niño

an ocean & weather pattern that causes the eastern Pacific Ocean to be warmer than normal

tar sand

rock or sand layers that contain oil

Inca

founders of South America's greatest early civilization

latifundia

largest estates in South America

buffer state

small country between 2 larger more powerful countries

coup

change of government caused by a group taking control by force

tree line

line of elevaion above which trees do not grow

manioc

tropical plant with starchy roots

Mercosur

South American organization

minifundia

small South American farms created when large colonial estates were broken up

favelas

large slums around Brazilian cities

landlocked

having no coast on the ocean

terrorism

the use of fear & violence as political force

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