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1 Physical Features of Latin America and the Caribbean

2 Latin America  Latin America includes Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.  Latin America is a cultural region because the most commonly spoken languages are Spanish and Portuguese, and the religion of the area is Catholicism.

3 The Amazon River  …second longest river in the world.  …flows mainly through Brazil.  …carries the greatest volume of water of any other river in the world.  Volume refers to the amount of water.

4 The Caribbean Sea  …is part of the Atlantic Ocean.  …located between Cuba and South America.  …is a popular tourist destination!

5 The Gulf of Mexico  …is part of the Atlantic Ocean.  …is located along the Mexican, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida coasts.  …the Mississippi and Rio Grande Rivers empty into the Gulf of Mexico.

6 The Pacific Ocean  …is the world’s largest ocean.  …located on the western coasts of Latin America.

7 The Panama Canal  … was built through the Isthmus of Panama. An Isthmus is a narrow piece of land that connects two large bodies of land: N. America and S. America. The canal connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.…is a transportation corridor!

8 The Andes Mountains  …are located along South America’s western coast.  …are the world’s longest continuous mountain chain.

9 The Sierra Madre Mountains  …are the main mountain range of Mexico.  …are made up of three mountain chains: Sierra Madre Occidental (W), Sierra Madre Oriental (E), and Sierra Madre del Sur (Southern coast). Sierra Madre Oriental (E), and Sierra Madre del Sur (Southern coast).

10 The Atacama Desert  … is the driest place on Earth.  …is located along the coast of Chile.

11 Atlantic Ocean  World’s second largest ocean. Located on the eastern coast of Latin America.


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