South America is the fourth largest continent on planet Earth, and its inhabitants account for about six percent of the world's population. The Cordillera mountain ranges, known here as the Andes, continue along the eastern side of the Pacific coast between the northern and southern extremities of South America. Lowlands, including the huge Amazon basin and fertile Pampas plains, extend eastward from the foothills of the Andes. Much of northern South America has a tropical climate, while the southern latitudes are affected by the polar Antarctic climate. Between these extremes lie the cool and temperate Patagonian regions.
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South America was initially settled by Asians who crossed the Bering Strait approximately 4,000 to 5,000 years ago. They migrated southwards, reaching South America via the Isthmus of Panama.
Chocolate is a food made that is from the beans of cocoa trees. Learn about the two species of cocoa trees are native to Central America and the Amazon River basin in South America.
Cattleya orchids come in 113 different varieties; they are native to Costa Rica and the rain forests of South America. These orchids are easy to care for, but they require a lot of humidity and indirect sunlight.
A bipartisan pair of lawmakers unveiled a new plan Thursday to protect Venezuelans living in the United States from being forced to return to the troubled South American country. Sen. … Click to Continue »
By Franco Ordoñez Fordonez@mcclatchydc.com. McClatchy. Thu, 13 Dec 2018 10:00:00 EST.
A smuggling pipeline supplies South American finches to high-stakes chirping contests in New York. Seventy birds were found at Kennedy International Airport on Saturday.
Liam Stack. New York Times. Wed, 12 Dec 2018 22:40:01 GMT.
A 67-year-old Bolivian man considered to have been one of the largest drug traffickers in South America in the 1980s has escaped from a private clinic in the country's capital La Paz, police said on Saturday.
Reuters. Sat, 08 Dec 2018 18:02:56 -0500.
On Wednesday, Susie Goodall was 2,000 miles west of South America when her boat capsized in heavy wind, breaking its mast and knocking her unconscious.
Ian Stewart. NPR. Sat, 08 Dec 2018 14:46:21 -0500.
South America Bibliography
Heyerdahl, Thor. The Kon-Tiki Expedition. Chicago, IL. Rand McNally. 1968.