Presentation on theme: "By: Mr. Maney. Essential Questions/Main Objectives: 1) Why study Latin America? 2) What are the main geographic features of Latin America and how do."— Presentation transcript:
Essential Questions/Main Objectives: 1) Why study Latin America? 2) What are the main geographic features of Latin America and how do they affect people’s lives? 3) Who are the peoples of Latin America both past and present?
Regions of Latin America Central America The Caribbean South America South America
Sierra Madre – “mother range” - Occidental: runs north to south in western Mexico - Oriental: runs north to south in eastern Mexico - Del Sur: mountain range in southern Mexico - Trans-Mexican Volcano Belt – pine forests, volcanic activity. Volcanoes are found throughout the country but concentrated in the southern portion of the country.
Gulf Coast Plains lies to the east (along the Gulf of Mexico) Coastal Plain (western Mexico)
Central Mexico Plateau - Northern & central Mexico - Covered mostly by deserts & very dry shrublands
Tropical & subtropical Dry central areas between the mountains Wet and forested in the higher altitudes Wet and dry seasons
A long line of volcanoes (many still active) extends from Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico
Baja Peninsula extends about 750 miles south from U.S. border. Yucatan Peninsula seperates Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico. - Tree covered, thick tropical jungles along borders with Central America
Rio Grande River – Rio Bravo in Mexico; creates border between U.S. & Mexico Pacific Ocean – borders Mexico to the west Gulf of Mexico – borders Mexico to the east Caribbean Sea – east of Mexico