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Geography of Central America
Central America & the Caribbean
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Central America has three distinct belts _______, ______, and _____.
Pacific Lowlands, Caribbean Lowlands, Central Highlands
A distinctive feature of Central America between North America and South America is _________
Isthmus of Panama
In Central America, there are islands surrounded by coral reefs, which are home to a variety of fish. This is called the _______
Islands in the Antilles
Much of Central America is mountainous with active volcanos because of the location of this ________
Ring of Fire
This allows ships to travel between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans with out having to travel around South Pacific's Cape Horn. This is am important human-made waterway.
Marine resources and _________ in the Caribbean Sea have increased international trade.
Much of Central America has a ______________ with rainforest found in many regions. This results in high temperatures and lots of rainfall
Tropical wet climate
A tropical wet climate is found on many of the ________________
The climates and ecosystems of some parts of Central America are affected by _________, resulting in vertical climate zones.
Voyages from ______ from 1492 to 1504 brought Spanish colonization
During the ______, the fight for independence from European rulers began, resulting in new countries.
Since 1900s, the numbers of people migrating away from this region has risen because of the need to escape _______, ______, and _______.
civils wars, poor economies, instability
Central America has one of the highest population growth rates in the world despite ________ and ___________.
economic difficulties, low life expectancy
The majority of people in Central America practice this religion.
The quality of _____ and ________ vary greatly from country to country and from urban to rural areas.
education, health care
There is a lack of sanitary water, this results in ______ spreading quickly
_____ is unevenly distributed in Central America and the Caribbean.
This employs many workers in Central America and the Caribbean
Many countries in the region are still considered
Recently, service and technology industries along with _______ have grown rapidly
_________ power supplies increase production and competitiveness in international trade; however this type of energy threatens the natural environment
Although Central America has naturally fertile soil, ________ cultivation destroys the fertile land which adds to the problem of deforestation
Central America and Caribbean cities are experencing rapid population growth, this results in _________, __________, ___________, ______, and __________
pollution, lack of jobs, inadequate housing, strained food supplies, and strained water supplies
The ____________ for food has increased agriculture. In turn this has eliminated natural vegetation, leading to soil erosion and the use of fertilizer for crop growth. They need more food faster.
Most industrial employment occurs in _________ industries
____________ must be addressed quickly, it is predicted that rain forest may disappear within 40 years
As land is cleared, habitants are destroyed and plant and animal species are at risk for ________
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