AIM: What geographic features make up Latin America? Do Now: List what you know about Latin America? HW: Complete the map handout.
Bodies of Water Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Amazon River, Mississippi River Landforms Andes Mountains, Caribbean Islands, Yucatan Peninsula Civilizations Olmec, Maya, Aztec, Inca
Rainforests (copy this) • High rainfall 68-78 inches. • 75% of all species on Earth • Natural medicines. • Creates most of the worlds oxygen. • Canopy: dense ceiling of closely spaced trees • Understory: smaller tree species • Shrub layer: small trees that grow only 5 feet • Forest floor: ground layer
Andes Mountains (copy this) • Longest mountain range • West coast of S. America • 4,400 miles long, 300 miles wide • Extend over seven countries • Mount Chimborazo most distant the center of the earth because of the equator.
Amazon River (copy this) • Largest river in the world. The Nile River is the longest. • Sometimes called The River Sea because it is so big. • Flows through tropical rainforest