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agricultural products grown to be sold
cash crop
military rulers
caudillos
a small, low island of coral and sand
cay
the pressing of soil particles closer together, reducing the amount of air between particles
compaction
islands formed by limestone skeletons of animals
coral islands
brazilian slum
favelas
the value of goods and services made within a country
gross domestic product
a unit of measure equal to 2.5 acres or 10,000 square meters
hectare
of spain and portugal
iberian
a land bridge connecting two continents
isthmus
a group that controls the government
junta
reduced ability of the soil to produce life
land degradation
treeless, grassy plain
llano
a small tropical tree that grows in wetlands near salt water
mangrove
grasslands of South America
pampas
a major urban area serving as the economic, political, and population center of a country
primate city
higher than normal salt content in soil
salinization
the growing of crops to provide for the needs of one's family
subsistence farming
an area between thirty and forty degrees latitude with temperatures that remain above 32°F (0° C) year round
subtropical
steady air currents between about 30° north and south latitude and the equator
trade winds
a strong thunderstorm with circular winds of thirty-nine to seventy-three m.p.h.
tropical storm
a hill or mountain that builds up around the vent of a volcano
volcanic cone
what countries in south america do not border brazil
ecuador, chile
most valuable resources in caribbean:
waters, climate, beaches
what group colonized most of the caribbean, south america and central america?
spanish/portuguese
smallest but richest group
europeans
official language of most latin american countries:
spanish
Most of the countries of South America, Central America, and the Caribbean are _____.
ldcs
Choose all the factors that make Central America important to U.S. foreign policy.
military bases, panama canal
Which factor is not a major environmental concern for Central America, South America, and the Caribbean?
negative population growth
what two governments colonized most of south america
portugal, spain
where is panama canal located
central america
Sustainable land management practices are important because they _____.
ensure continued food production