Facts & FiguresBook - 2004
The fourth-largest continent on earth, South America is a land of great extremes. The longest mountain range on the planet -- the Andes -- divides the 4,700-mile-long continent from its northern coast on the sunny Caribbean to its southern tip at stormy Tierra del Fuego. Within its boundaries lies the world's highest active volcano (Chimborazo, in Ecuador), the world's highest waterfall (Angel Falls, in Venezuela), and the world's driest region (the Atacama Desert, of Chile). South America's chief river, the 3,900-mile-long Amazon, and its more than 1,000 tributaries flow from the world's largest drainage basin, which is home to countless animal and plant species. More than 350 million people of many different cultures and races live in South America's 12 independent nations and two dependencies. Some are descendants of the land's native Indians, such as the Incas; others carry on the customs and traditions of their European ancestors, especially the Spanish and Portuguese who centuries ago colonized the region. Although wars, political instability, and violence in many South American countries have taken their toll on the economy, leaving millions in poverty, the abundant resources of the continent continue to be developed, producing food and other items sold throughout the world. Book jacket.
Publisher: Philadelphia : Mason Crest Publishers, c2004.
Branch Call Number: 980 H557
Characteristics: 63 p. : col. ill., col. maps ; 21 cm.
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