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Unformatted text preview: Mexico 007-07 Adam Davidson- 33.3%-Geography-Economy-D rug T rafficking William Ruch-33.3%-Politics/ Government-Major Ethnic Groups-Human T rafficking Stephanie Pittman-33.3%-Society/ Culture-Development-I llegal I mmigration I ntroduction- Ruch: Mexico is a densely populated, Spanish speaking, North American country. Its incumbent President is Felipe Cauldron. The inhabitants enjoy a rich, traditional culture, but the nation is also plagued with various social/economic problems such as extreme poverty and human/drug trafficking. Geography- Davidson: Mexico is located in Middle America. Mexico’s borders stretch from the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, to the North Pacific Ocean between Guatemala and the United States. Mexico has a very diverse climate, ranging from tropical to desert conditions. The terrain of Mexico is very diverse as well, including high rugged mountains, low coastal plains, high plateaus, and of course desert. Mexico is roughly three times the size of Texas. The most well known natural resources found on this land are petroleum, silver, copper, gold, lead, zinc, natural gas, and timber. Some hazards of living in Mexico include tsunamis along the Pacific coast, volcanoes and earthquakes in the center and south of Mexico, and hurricanes on the Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Coasts. Mexico also has many major environmental issues, such as natural fresh water pollution in the north, raw sewage polluting rivers in urban areas, deforestation, widespread erosion, desertification, and serious air/water pollution in the national capital and urban centers along the US border. Economy- Davidson: Mexico has a free market economy that recently has entered the t rillion-dollar class. I t contains a mixture of modern and obsolete industry and agriculture. Some major products of agriculture include corn, wheat, soybeans, rice, beans, cotton, coffee, tomatoes, beef, poultry, and wood products. Some of the major industries in Mexico are food and beverages, tobacco, chemicals, petroleum, mining, clothing, motor vehicles, and tourism. The average per capita income is about one- fourth of the US, and income distribution is extremely unequal. Mexico’s labor force is made up of approximately 44.5 million people, although the unemployment rate is about 3.2%. The underemployment rate is somewhere around 25%. 40% of the population of Mexico is under the poverty line, which is shocking to say the least. According to the Lorenz Curve, the gini index of Mexico is about 54.6. Politics and Government- Ruch: With the constitution of 1917, Mexico’s political system was established and proved to be very similar to the United States and Canada with three branches (executive, legislative, and judiciary) and levels (federal, state, and municipal) of government. The executive is headed by the president, who is the head of state and government , as well as the commander in chief of the Mexican military forces. The President also appoints, with Senate of the Mexican military forces....
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