Central and South America are home to many world wonders. They contain the world's largest river, the Amazon, carrying more water to the sea than any other river. However do not confuse this with the longest river. Many debate this but the worlds longest river, is in fact, the Nile at 4,049 miles long while the Amazon River is only about 4,000 miles long. It is home to the Amazon Rainforest, the world's largest rain forest, and also contains the world's highest waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela. The largest, above water mountain range, the Andes Mountains, runs along its west coast, containing the highest point in the Western Hemisphere, Mount Aconcagua, at 22,841 ft above sea level. On the other hand, it also contains Laguna del Carbon, the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere at 344 feet below sea level. It has the highest capital city, La Paz of Bolivia, and the worlds southern most inhabited country, Puerto Toro, Chile. Lake Titicaca is the highest commercially navigable lake and South America is also home to the world’s biggest salt lake, Salar de Uyuni, located in the Uyuni salt flats. The worlds driest place on earth is also found here; the Atacama Desert in Chile.

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By reading that paragraph alone, you can already tell that Central and South America, also known as Latin

America, is a very diverse region. Each area has a very different culture and geography. However they share one main concern when it comes to environmental issues, the deforestation in the rainforests. Only a few regional conflicts affect this region. Click Global Interactions to learn about Hugo Chavez and his involvement with the United States. View the economic systems to learn more about their economy and what products are exported from the region. Political Organization will explain the governments of each country. Click here to view other important information on Central and South America.

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Photos taken by Martin Wierzbicki when he traveld the world in 2000