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Central America Part 1

Central America Part 1

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Central America

Ch. 7, Section 1

A Rugged Land
Central America is an isthmus that includes the countries of:
– Belize – Guatemala – El Salvador – Honduras – Nicaragua – Costa Rica – Panama

A Rugged Land
• The Central Highlands are a chain of volcanic mountains created by the Ring of Fire. • Their ruggedness causes transportation and communication problems. • The volcanic material has made the soil very fertile.

A Rugged Land
• Central America’s climate is mostly tropical. • In the summer and fall, Central America can experience hurricanes, or fierce storms with winds of more than 74 miles per hour.

Central American Economies
The economies of the Central American countries depend on farming and harvesting wood from their rain forests. - plantations - subsistence farms Crops include coffee, bananas, cotton and sugarcane.

Central American Economies
• Under the canopy, or topmost layer of the rainforest that shades the forest floor, valuable resources can be found:
– Expensive woods (ex. Mahogany) – Unusual plant and animal species

Central American Economies
• Lumber companies cut down trees to sell the wood. • Without trees to hold the soil in place, rains wash the soil and its nutrients away. • As the land becomes poor, businesses and farmers move on, clearing trees from another piece of land.

Belize rainforest cleared for an orange orchard or cattle pasture.

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Central American Economies
• Costa Rica uses some of its rain forests to attract ecotourists, or people who travel to other countries to enjoy natural wonders.

Central American Economies
• The few industries that exist in Central America focus on preparing food. • In Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, some factories produce clothing for export.

Central American Economies
• The Panama Canal stretches across the narrow Isthmus of Panama. • Ships pay a fee to use the canal to shorten travel time between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

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