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Sights of Brazil

Brazil is a place of many wonders. It has beautiful views everywhere you go! Three of the best places to go sightseeing is the Amazon River, Iguacu Falls, and the Amazon Rainforest.

The Amazon River is one of the longest rivers in the world. It begins its flow of 4,000 miles in the beautiful Andes Mountains of Peru. From there on, the river flows into Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, The Atlantic Ocean, and mostly located in Brazil. It is 40% of Brazil's geography and has more than 200 tributaries. It's surrounded by beautiful bright, green trees and is very important for transportation, trading, housing aquatic life, and feeding villagers with fish.

Located on the border of Brazil and Argentina, The Iguacu Falls is a waterfall with over 275 roller-coaster like drops that leave tourists in awe. The name Iguacu originates from the Tupi language meaning " big water ". Long ago, the Iguacu Falls was recognized by the Brazilian tribes that lived near it, but it was not 'discovered' until 1541 by Spanish conquistador Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca. Talk about taking credit...

The Amazon Rainforest is know to be the biggest rainforest in the world. The Amazon Rainforest covers 2.1 million square miles of land. That's A LOT of land. 60% of Brazil's land consists of the Amazon Rainforest. I mean, what would happen if the Amazon Rainforest disappeared? Oh, how empty and boring Brazil would be! The Amazon Rainforest is home to 10% of the know species of the world. Some of these species consist of frogs, snakes, birds, and so forth. Living in the rainforest would probably sound like, " Ribbit, Ribbit. Cacaw! Cacaw! Hiss!!" The trees found in the Amazon are so tightly packed that it can take up to 10 minutes for rain to go through the branches to reach the ground, kind of like people with security when they want to take a picture with Taylor Swift! Not only is the Amazon Rainforest very intriguing, but it is referred to as "The Lungs of the Planet", because it provides over 20% of the world's oxygen. Other than the very importance of the Amazon Rainforest, the Amazon is scattered with towering trees and the churning of the Amazon River.

Venezuela's Sticky Situation

Venezuela is well know for being a leading producer of oil. They have been producing oil for over 100 years. Since they produce mainly oil, and they are popular for it's oil production, their main income is from selling oil, causing their economy to launch like a rocket. When the oil is being burned/drilled, the smog(Smog has carbon dioxide, a chemical. If too much is being released into the atmosphere it becomes dangerous to living organisms) that is released into the air reacts with the water vapor/other chemical solutions causing acid rain and air pollution. Acid rain is not known as a tree hugger. It is rather recognized as a tree killer. When oil is being removed, the workers must drill into the ground, and this method can affect the way the land is formed. The land feels as if it is missing something, or something has been taken away from it, and it slides down. This is specifically known as landslides. It is even said that the eastern shore in Venezuela is dropping three inches a year. The companies do not know what to do with the leftover toxic waste after they have drilled and burned all the oil, so they dump it in the ocean. This method is very dangerous to marine animals by polluting their food source and their home. If they consume the oil, they can die. It is as if a dog devoured 5 pounds of chocolate! This puts many animals at risk and endangers them. Fish are included, meaning that if much of the fish population wipes out, fisherman cannot work to make a living. Not only does it affect wildlife but when burning natural resources like oil, the smog can cause breathing problems especially for the elderly and children. Carbon dioxide, the harmful chemical that is released when burning natural resources, contributes to the heating of the Earth, also known as Global Warming. You can think of global warming like this. Carbon Dioxide is like a blanket. The more you put on the Earth, the warmer it gets. You see, the Earth wants to throw the blankets off but it can't! Trees, living organisms that can turn these "blankets" into "air conditioning"(oxygen), are being cut down and polluted by acid rain!

Some solutions to this environmental problem are to be more aware of the actions that you are doing and to be aware of the question, "Is this beneficial for the environment or harmful?" Many groups are helping to try and prevent the pollution and sending clean-up crews. Together we can make Venezuela great again!

Condescending Cuba

The ruler of Cuba today is President Raul Castro, Fidel Castro's(former dictator of Cuba) younger brother. Fidel Castro was becoming old and weak, so he passed his power down to his not-so-little little brother. The length of term for a dictatorship is however long the dictator wishes to control their country and pass their power down to the next person whenever they want to. Cuba is known to be a communist government. A few political issues that Cuba(and other countries in the world) is facing today is the embargo on trading with the United States. Students from America are allowed to visit Cuba, but there are still many restrictions and rules that must be followed. Cuban civilians do not get much of a say/freedom in their government.
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Canada, Germany, and The United States of America are Mexico's top trading partners. The United States is Mexico's top importer. The members of NAFTA(North American Free Trade
Association) are major exporting partners of Mexico. The United States is the #1 exporting partner of Mexico. 93.96% of Mexico (over the age of 15) have the ability to read and write(literacy rate). The Gross Domestic Product for Mexico is approximately $2.22 trillion(that's a LOTTA money). The GDP per person is estimated to be $18,500.
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