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Unformatted text preview: embers of Group of Eight (G­8) Eight powerful countries that regularly confer on world political and economic issues (Japan, Germany, GB, France, Italy, Russia) NA has attracted many skilled immigrants (400,000 H­1B visas in 2005) India the main origin of temporary skilled workers NA is a major importer and exporter US exports cars, software, aircraft, telecommunications equipment, food products and entertainment products Canada exports grain, energy, wood and various manufactured goods NA attracts foreign direct investment Japanese & German car factories in the USA NA a global real estate market 2nd largest destination for FDI NA doing business globally US firms established operations abroad Coca­Cola Export geography— Grains Energy Metals Automobiles Aircrafts Computers Entertainment Financial & tourism services 2/11/13 Chapter 4: Latin America Setting the boundaries— Nothing really “Latin” about South America Spanish Portuguese The region most likely visited by N. Americans Geographer often divide Latin America Central America South America Political map—17 Countries—Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela Latin America—At a Glance— Roughly equal to the size of N. America 14% of world’s land mass home to the world’s largest tropical rainforest Amazon Rainforest or Amazonia Home to the world’s largest river (2nd longest) Amazon Home to the world’s longest mountain chain Andes Panama Canal connects the world’s two largest oceans Atlantic & Pacific Latin America is home to many historic civilizations Maya and Aztec Empires in Central America Inca Empire in South America Shared colonial past—colonized by Spain & Portugal Officially 2/3rds of population speaks Spanish Remainder speaks Portuguese (Brazil) Roman Catholicism is most dominant religion Large, diverse population 540 million people world’s most urbanized region in developing world 75% live in cities number of “megacities”—10 million or more—Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Buenos Aires World’s most racially mixed region Due to colonialism, slavery and immigration Environmental Geography— Characteristics— Tropical—much of the region is in the tropics Area or region near or around the equator Complex ecosystems and diverse species (50% of the world’s species found in tropical forests) Neotropics— Tr...
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This note was uploaded on 02/07/2014 for the course GEOG 2253 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Oklahoma State.

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