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  • 1. Location: In Latin America How does where people live effect how they live?

2. SS6G3: The student will explain the impact of location, climate, distribution of natural resources, and population distribution on Latin America and the Caribbean. This standard requires students to explain how location, climate, and distribution of natural resources have impacted population distribution and trade in Latin America and the Caribbean. 3. In other words In this lesson we will be learning that: Where a place is located (its location on Earth), effects its topography (natural land and water features), climate (temperature and precipitation), and the types & the amount of natural resources that are available. And, that these factors will effect where people choose to live & how they live (most importantly how these factors effect their ability to trade and the economy of their society) 4. Brazil vs. Cuba b. Compare how the location, climate, and natural resources of Brazil and Cuba affect where people live and how they trade. 5. Brazil Brazil is located on the eastern coast of South America, stretching westward far past central South America Brazil is bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean Atlas Page 78 6. Brazil is the largest country in South America in both land size and population: Brazil is 3,300,171 square miles (the United States is 3,787,319 sq. mi.) Brazils population is 174,479,000 people Brazil touches all but two of the other South American countries, sharing a border with: Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana Atlas Page 78 7. Atlantic Ocean Brazil Uruguay Argentina Paraguay Bolivia Peru Colombia Venezuela Guyana Suriname Fr. Guiana 8. Topography of Brazil Remember that topography means the natural land and water features, such as mountains and rivers. Brazils rain forests take up about one half of the country. In the southeast, the forests give way to a large plateau divided by mountain ranges and river valleys Atlas Page 79 9. Exact Location At its northern most point, Brazil reaches to about five degrees North. At is southern most point, Brazil reaches to about thirty five degrees South Using this information, make a prediction about what the climate of Brazil is like. Remember that where a country is located in relation to the equator will have an impact on its climate: ** The CLOSER a place is located to the equator, the WARMER the temperature will be ** 10. Precipitation in Brazil Remember that precipitation means any form of water (rain, sleet, snow, hail). The key for this map indicates that areas shaded in green receive more precipitation (the darker the green, the greater the amount), and the areas in yellow and orange receive less precipitation (the darker the orange, the less the amount). Atlas page 82 (Bottom left / Purple Map) 11. Temperature in Brazil The key for this map shows a spectrum of colors running from green to dark red, with shades of yellow and orange between. The higher up the spectrum a color is (the closer it is to the top dark red), the warmer the temperature is. Use this map to answer the precipitation questions on your notes sheet 12. Brazils Climate Remember that the average temperature and the average precipitation in an area combine to equal: CLIMATE Temperature plus Precipitation Equals Climate 13. Equatorial Humid Litoral Humid Tropical Tropical Semi Dry Subtropical Humid Climate Map in Atlas on page 82: Upper Right Hand Corner 14. There are several different scales used by geographers & scientists to identify climate regions. This is why the names of the Climate regions in your atlas are different from those on this map. If you look closely to compare the two, you will see that the region boundaries are almost the same Equatorial Humid Tropical Wet Tropical Tropical Wet & Dry Tropical Semi Dry Semiarid Litoral Humid *No Matching Region* Subtropical Humid Humid Subtropical 15. Brazils Natural Resources (Economic activity is based on the available natural resources) Atlas Page 81 Your Atlas combines Resources and Land Use into one map: Resources are listed in the 2 right columns of the map key 16. Brazils Land Use Atlas Page 81 Your Atlas combines Resources and Land Use into one map: Land Use regions are listed in the left hand column of the map key 17. Brazils Population Density Atlas Page 80 18. Population Distribution / Population Density Population Distribution refers to the number of people who live within a given area. A Population Density Map is used to visually represent these numbers. This map of Georgia is an example of a population density map. The map key indicates what each color represents (Number of people per square mile). 19. Equator (0) Northern Point: 5 N Southern Point: 32S