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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