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Sierra Madre (mother range)
major mountain ranges are the Sierra Madre Occidental, Sierra Madre Oriental, and the Sierra Madre del Sur.
The Plateau of Mexico
deserts and grassy plain in the north. Broad, flat valleys in the center that contain many cities and most of the population.
separates the Caribbean Sea from Gulf of Mexico. Those of Mayan descent make up a sizable portion of the population.
Isthmus of Panama
the narrow strip of land between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, linking North and South America.
island group in the Caribbean Sea comprised of Cuba, Domincan Republic, Haiti, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico
with the Bahamas, this group of islands forms the West Indies
forms the northern portion of the coast of South America. It is about 2 billion years old. Also, the highlands have the longest expanse of undisturbed tropical rainforest in the world.
this drainage basin is nearly as large as the USA. Very warm and humid.
the 2nd longest river in the world
this chain extends about 4,400 mi. along South America's Pacific coast. Spans 7 countries,
coastal plateau in Brazil along the Atlantic Ocean. formed about 200 million yrs. ago.
sparsely populated and hot lowland region divided between Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, and some of Brazil.
located in Chile. Driest desert on Earth.
"plain" the climate is mild and good for farming
southern Argentina to the Andes Mts there is little rain
southernmost part of South America. has very poor weather and is hard for ships to sail around it.