Discovering World Geography: South America – Lesson 1; Physical Geography of Brazil

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tributary
tributary
A small river that flows into a larger river.
basin
basin
An area of land that is drained by a river and its tributaries.
rain forest
rain forest
A dense stand of tress and other vegetation that receives a great deal of precipitation each year.
canopy
canopy
The umbrella-like covering formed by the tops of trees in a rain forest.
plateau
plateau
A flat area that rises above the surrounding land.
escarpment
escarpment
A steep cliff at the edge of a plateau with a lowland area below.
pampas
pampas
The treeless grassland of Argentina and Uruguay.
Tropics
Tropics
The area between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn that has generally warm temperatures because it receives the direct rays of the sun for much of the year. Highlighted in pink in this image.
temperate zone
temperate zone
A region with a climate that is neither too hot nor too cold. The area between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle and the area between the Tropic of Cancer and the Arctic Circle are temperate zones. Highlighted in pink in this image.
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