Latin america has an enormous span from north to south as you can see from the map on page 191. International rivers works in river basins throughout latin america that are hotspots of biodiversity and that are also threatened by extensive large hydropower development including the amazon the world s largest river basin.
A mountain range refers to a series of hills or mountains arranged in a line and linked together by high ground.
Latin america map with mountains and rivers. A map showing the physical features of south america. Its source lies at the andes while its course covers seven countries of the continent. It covers part of north america all of central and south america and the caribbean.
There are several mountain ranges located in south america namely the andes sierra nevada de santa marta cordillera blanca cordillera occidental serra do mar mantiqueira mountains cordillera paine cordillera oriental wilhelmina mountains and the cordillera huayhuash. It is the third largest river on earth after the amazon and the congo river. Latin america is a vast and ecologically diverse region known for the power and beauty of its river systems.
Features of latin america and the caribbean. Discussed below is the interesting information and facts about some of the major rivers of south america. Locate on a world and regional political physical map the countries of bolivia brazil.
The amazon is the second longest river on the planet and the longest of the rivers of south america with a length of 6 437 kilometers. The andes mountain range dominates south america s landscape. The amazon river portuguese.
Labeled outline map rivers of south america. It has an average flow of 33 000 cubic meters per second and has an area of 2800 km. Locate on a world and regional political physical map.
As the world s longest mountain range the andes stretch from the northern part of the continent where they begin in venezuela and colombia to the southern tip of chile and argentina. Río amazonas of south america is the largest river in the world by volume with a total river flow greater than the next top ten largest rivers flowing into the ocean combined. Amazon river caribbean sea gulf of mexico pacific ocean panama canal andes mountains sierra madre mountains and atacama desert.
South america is also home to the atacama desert the driest desert in the world. Colombia s magdalena river and. According to aquae foundation it is one of the most important water bodies in south america and it runs mainly through venezuela and crosses part of colombia.
It reaches from the border between the united states and mexico down to tierra del fuego at the southernmost tip of south america a distance of about 7 000 miles. As a bonus site members have access to a banner ad free version of the site with print friendly pages. Atlantic coast pacific ocean caribbean sea countries mountains rivers.
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