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Transcript of Latin America:
Location, Climate, and Natural Resources
Location and Geography
Mexico is between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico which makes it easy to trade with the U.S.
Mexico's main trading partner is the U.S. 3/4 of trade is with the U.S.
2nd largest country in Latin America.
Mexico has deserts, mountains, plains, tropical areas and plateaus.
The people of Mexico mostly live in the Central Plateau region
There is arable land in this region and good farming. Mexico City is in this region.
75% of people in Urban Areas.
25% of people work on farms but it's hard to farm because of rainfall and little arable land.
Natural resources are a gift from the earth.
ex: trees, oil, water, metals
Oil is the most important export with 1.7
billion barrels exported a day.
Silver is the most mined metal in Mexico.
Location and Geography
Venezuela's coastline gives it easy access to trade with other countries. It has ports along the Caribbean Sea.
Climate and Jobs
Venezuela is mostly hot and tropical all year because it is close to the equator.
But because of the Andes Mountains,
high elevations can fall below freezing.
88% of Venezuelans live in Urban areas along the coast because that is where most people find jobs. Most of the jobs are service jobs.
There is little arable land so the farming isn't good.
Venezuela is known for it's oil and makes most of it's money from it.
Venezuela make 2.7 billion barrels a day. But oil
spills are a big problem and cause Venezuela to lose a lot of money cleaning them up.
Because it is mostly
warm, tourism is big!
Location of Brazil
Brazil is the largest country in Latin America.
The Amazon River is located in Brazil.
Brazil has 7 major
seaports on the coast
that help with trade.
The U.S. is Brazil's most
important trading partner.
The Panama Canal is very important to Brazil. It is used for trade between Brazil, Mexico and the U.S.
Brazil is near the equator and has the world's largest region of tropical rain forest. It is hot and tropical most of the year.
Most Brazilians live along the eastern, coastal areas. And 80% of the people live within 200 miles of the oceans and that is why tourism is so popular. People want to come and visit! :)
85% of the population live in urban areas because of jobs. 30% of work is in health care, education and government jobs. 30% of work is in transportation and trade. 12% work in factories.
Natural Resources of Brazil
Only 7% of the land in Brazil is arable. So do you think there is a lot of farming going on?? No way!
Only 20% of the workers are farmers.
Brazil makes 1/3 of the world's coffee! Yum! And a leading producer of oranges, papayas and sugar cane.
Sugar cane is an important
export for Brazil.
Location of Cuba
Cuba is an island 90 miles from Florida
Even though it is an
island, it is mainly urban
and has a lot of little
cities. 76% of the people
live in urban areas.
Because it is surrounded by water and also has a lot of cities, tourism and fishing are big industries.
Cuba is tropical but moderate because of the trade winds from the Gulf of Mexico.
It's location makes it a HUGE target for hurricanes.
Hurricanes start off the coast of Africa and grow stronger as they cross the Atlantic.
Natural Resources, Trade and Drama
Cuba grows it's on crops and also sells them to other countries.
Sugar has been the major export for Cuba for the past 200 years.
Cuba is a COMMUNIST government. That means that the government has complete control over businesses and farms.
The Soviet Union (Russia) was a supporter of Cuba until 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed. Cuba suffered when they could not get help from the Soviets.
Fidel Castro was
the dictator of