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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