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Latin America - Geographic features


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Amazon River
Flows about 4000 miles through the heart of South America
Andes Mts
Central America highlands and in South America
Alacama Dessert
Rainfall has never been recorded
Lake Titicaca
highest lake
Lake Maracaibo
largest lake - contains oil
South America Inland grasslands
Mato Grosso
a sparsely populated plateau of forests
Argentina and Uraguay - provide grazing for cattle The Pampas (from Quechua, meaning "plain") are the fertile South American lowlands
Panama canal
Man made canal connecting the Atlantic and Pacific
Patagonia is a geographic region containing the southernmost portion of South America. It is located in Argentina and Chile, integrating the southernmost section of the Andes mountains to the south west towards the Pacific ocean and from the east of the cordillera to the valleys it follows south through Colorado River towards Carmen de Patagones in the Atlantic Ocean
Rio Grande River
Forms a border between Mexico and US
Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Americas at 6,962 m (22,841 ft), and the highest mountain outside Asia. It is located in the Andes mountain range, in the Argentine province of Mendoza
Angel Falls
It is the world's highest waterfall, with a height of 979 m (3,212 ft) and a plunge of 807 m (2,648 ft). The waterfall drops over the edge of the Auyantepui mountain in Venezuela.The height of the fall is so great that, before getting anywhere near the ground, much of the water is evaporated or carried away as a fine mist by the strong wind.
Sierra Madre del Sur
The Sierra Madre del Sur is a mountain range in southern Mexico, extending 1000 km from southern Michoacán east through Guerrero, to the Istmo de Tehuantepec in eastern Oaxaca.
Sierra Madre Occidental
The range runs north to south, from just south of the Sonora-Arizona border southeast through eastern Sonora, western Chihuahua, Sinaloa, Durango, Zacatecas, Nayarit, Jalisco, Aguascalientes to Guanajuato. These mountains are generally considered to be part of the much larger American cordillera.
Sierra Madre means "Mother Range".
Sierra Madre Oriental
The Sierra Madre Oriental is a mountain range in northeastern Mexico.