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Geo Geography of South America

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The Geography of South America
We are going to Learn about the
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Physical Geography of South America
-Climate of South America
-Water resources of South America.
- Why is there no political unity?

Tony Litherland
designed by Péter Puklus for Prezi
SOUTH AMERICA
Physical Geography of South America
Climate of South America
Water resources of South America.
Why is there a lack of political unity
Physical Geography of South America
The climate of South America
Water resources of South America. Amazon is the largest river in the world.
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Lake Maracaibo Lake, largest lake of South America, c.5,100 sq mi (13,210 sq km), NW Venezuela, extending c.110 mi (180 km) inland.

1 Lake Titicaca the highest commercially navigable lake in the world, at 12,507 feet above sea level.

Angel Falls The highest waterfall in the world, at 807 metres, is Angel Falls in Canaima National Park in southwest Venezuela.
Amazon Basin.
The Amazon Basin, the largest in the world, covers about 40% of South America, an area of approximately 7,050,000 square kilometres (2,720,000 sq mi). It drains from west to east, from Iquitos in Peru, across Brazil to the Atlantic. I
The Amazon river has a series of major river systems in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, some of which flow into the Marañón and Ucayali, others directly into the Amazon proper. Among others, these include the following rivers: Putumayo, Caquetá, Vaupés, Guainía, Morona, Pastaza, Nucuray, Urituyacu, Chambira, Tigre, Nanay, Napo, and Huallaga.
ARGENTINA
Bolivia
Brazil
Chile
Colombia
Ecuador
FALKLAND ISLANDS
FRENCH GUIANA
GUYANA
Paraguay
Peru
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands
Suriname
Trinidad and Tobago
Uruguay
Venezuela
Mountains
Water
distance
created isolation
that politics
could not
overcome
Mountains
Aqua
Extreme passage
Extreme passage
dry
wet
supreme agriculture and climate
The beauty and complexity of climate, mountains, rivers, etc, interact and protect and prevent political development: Guarani in Paraguay -- tribes were wiped out in Argentina.
Rainfall is critical to other kinds of development: too much (Amazon) or too little (Patagonia)
Lake Nahuel Huapi, Argentina
San Carlos de Barilochi
The Political development of South America cannot be separated from its geography.

Mono-agriculture is based on the climate, rainfall and geology: Cattle, indigo, sugar cane, coffee. Rivers dictate where the economy develops. Mountains protect tribes from being annihilated. Gold and Silver promotes slavery. Its distance created a need for women of a child bearing age. The cost of travel and shipping allowed the elites to remain at the top. Single cities allowed the elites to maintain political control. The wealthy took the prime land and the prime climates and left everyone else to dela with insects, heat, humidity, and poverty that goes with it.
wet
dry
Moutains
Amazon
Mountains
Ocean
Poverty
rain forest
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