Physical Features of Brazil
floods every 6 months
is the largest rain forests in the world
Much of the Amazon Basin is covered by the world’s largest rain forest
Its wet lowlands cover most of the country’s northern and western areas.
Most of Brazil lies in the Tropics, an area between
the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
wet rain forest
Areas along the equator have a
tropical rain forest
Areas along the Amazon River have a tropical rain
Every day is warm and wet. Average daytime
temperature is 80°, but it feels hotter because the
wet rain forest makes the air humid.
Strong winds called monsoons bring a huge amount
of rain (more than 120 inches!) each year causing
the Amazon River to flood.
These areas also have a "dry" season. During the
dry season, forest fires are a danger even in a rain
the Amazon Basin covers more than 2 million square miles
are south and east of the amazon basin
this region has a lot of plateau
the western part of the highlands is largely grasslands
Atlantic low lands
its 125 miles wide in the north
becomes even narrow in the southeast
Western Hemispheres longest river
Carries largest amount of water
second longest river in the world
Begins in the Andes (Peru) and flows east to the Atlantic Ocean
has over 1,000 tributaries
wide enough and deep enough for ships to pass and deliver cargo.
Brazil is the world’s largest producer of coffee, sugarcane, and tropical fruits. The country also produces great amounts of soybeans, corn, and cotton.
Brazil has rich mineral resources that are only partly developed. They include iron ore, tin, copper, bauxite, gold, and manganese.
abundant rain forest
Forests cover about 60 percent of Brazil, accounting for about 7 percent of the world’s timber resources.
The rain forest’s mahogany and other hardwoods are highly desirable for making furniture. The rain forest is also a source of natural rubber, nuts, and medicinal plants. Logging, mining, and other development have become a major environmental issue. .