PHYSICAL & HUMAN GEOGRAPHY

MEXICO

Location:
Using an atlas, write the absolute location and relative location of Mexico. Use Mexico City as the reference point for absolute location. Absolute: Relative:

Map Work
Using an atlas, label the following locations and geographical features on the map below: Sierra Madre Oriental, Sierra Madre Occidental, Sierra Madre Del Sur, Baja California, Central Plateau, Yucatan Peninsula, Gulf of Mexico, Pacific Ocean, and Mexico City.

Climate:
Read the following paragraphs about the climate of Mexico and answer the questions below: Northwestern Mexico and inland northern areas are drier than the rest of the country. It is hot in the summer and north winds can make inland northern Mexico chilly in winter, with temperatures sometimes approaching freezing. Inland at higher elevations, the climate is also dry and temperate, and the mountain peaks are often capped with snow. The Tropic of Cancer cuts across Mexico near Mazatlan and Ciudad Victoria and south of the tropic it’s hot and humid all year long along the coastal plains on either side of the country. The hot, wet season runs from May to October with the hottest and wettest months falling between June and September for most of the country. Low-lying coastal areas are wetter and hotter than elevated inland ones. Though the hottest summer extremes are generally found on the coastal plains, temperatures in the Altiplano and the Plataforma Yucateca often reach higher than 100 degrees F (38 degrees C). In the east, rainfall is high on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Madre Oriental and on the northern side of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec . On the Yucatan peninsula, along the mainland Pacific coast, along the Gulf coast north of Veracruz and in the Depresion de Balsas, annual rainfall reaches 30 inches (80 centimeters) or more. Mexico ’s highest rainfall totals are in northeastern Chiapas and along the Gulf coastal plains of Tabasco with over 98 inches (250 centimeters) per year.
From http://www.questconnect.org/mexico_cc_geography_climate.htm

1. What causes chilly winters in northern inland Mexico? 2. Which Tropic does Mexico cross? 3. What is the average rainfall for most of Mexico?

Population Pyramid:
Write two observations population pyramid: Observation One: Observation Two: using the

Observation Three:

Land Use:
Create a chart to the right using the following statistics about land use in Mexico. Make sure to include all the aspects of a proper graph.     arable land: 12% permanent crops: 1% permanent pastures: 39% forests and woodland: 26% other: 22% (1993 est.)

Religions:
Create a chart to the right using the following statistics about the distribution of religions in. Make sure to include all the aspects of a proper graph.

 nominally Roman Catholic 89%,
 Protestant 6%

 other 5%
Flag & Stats:
and draw the flag of Mexico. Using an atlas, fill in the following statistics

Area: Population: Capital: Languages: Highest Point (with height): Lowest Point (with depth):

Definitions:
Write the definitions to the following words: hacienda: Sierras: