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1 Location, Climate, & Natural Resources of Mexico
SS6G3 Students will explain the impact of location, climate, and distribution of natural resources, and population distribution on Latin America and the Caribbean.

2 a. Compare how the location, climate, and natural resources of Mexico and Venezuela affect where people live and how they trade.

3 Location of Mexico

4 Mexico is the second-largest country by size and population in Latin America.
It is the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. The country is located south of the United States. On the west is the Pacific Ocean, and on the east are the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea.

5 Climate of Mexico Mexico has the Sierra Madre Mountains, deserts in the north, tropical beaches, plains, and plateaus.

6 Sierra Madre Mountains tell story of St. Elmo's Fire

7 Sierra Madre Mountains

8 North Mexico’s deserts

9 Tropical Beaches of Mexico

10 Tropical Beaches

11 One of Mexico’s many Plateaus

12 The climate varies according to the location, with…
some tropical areas receiving more than 40 inches of rain a year. Desert areas in the north remain dry most of the year.

13 Most people live on the Central Plateau of Mexico in the central part of the country.
Mexico City is the capital, and one of the world’s largest cities, in this region. There is arable (farmable) land in this region, and there is usually enough rain to grow a variety of crops.

14 The region has many manufacturing centers, which provide jobs.
Over 75% of the people in Mexico live in urban (city) areas. This allows them to have jobs in manufacturing or service industries.

15 About 25% of Mexico’s workers are farmers.
However, fewer people are choosing to work on farms because of the challenges of little rainfall and unproductive soil as well as little money for modern farm equipment and fertilizers.

16 Natural Resources of Mexico
The people of Mexico are able to use their natural resources (gifts of nature) to trade with other countries. Oil is one of the most important exports (goods sold to other countries). Mexico is the tenth-largest oil exporter in the world.

17 It exports about 1.7 million barrels of oil a day.
Money from the sale of oil provides about 1/3 of the Mexican government’s budget. Mexico is also one of the world’s largest exporters of silver.

18 Inside one of Mexico’s Silver Mines

19 Silver mines in Mexico produce about 15% of the silver sold in the world each year.
Other exports include fruits, vegetables, coffee, and cotton. The economy is boosted by tourism, too. The country is very close to the United States, so most of the tourists are American. In fact, ¾ of Mexico’s trade with other countries comes from the United States.

20 Quiz Yourself Which metal is mined more in Mexico than anywhere else?
a. copper b. iron c. lead d. silver

21 2. Which country has about ¾ of Mexico’s trade?
a. Brazil b. Guyana c. United States d. Venezuela

22 3. Which region of Mexico has the most people?
a. Central Plateau b. northern deserts c. Sierra Madre Mountains d. tropical beaches

23 4. Which is a problem for the farmers in Mexico?
a. The soil is not very productive b. Many areas have too much rainfall c. There is not enough sunlight to grow crops d. There are few businesses to sell farm equipment

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