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VENEZUELA<br />Nick Beckius		Mathew Penner<br />Devin Dauel			        Amy Lester<br />
GEOGRAPHY<br />la geographía<br />
Regions<br /><ul><li>Venezuelan Highlands
Maracaibo Lowlands
Llanos – Plains
Guayana Highlands</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Andean Mountain Range
66% of population, 12% of land area
Caracas</li></ul>Venezuelan Highlands<br />
MaracaiboLowlands<br /><ul><li> Northwest Region
 Lake Maracaibo
75 miles long, 100 miles wide
Shallow freshwater
 Maracaibo
 General Raphael      Urdaneta Bridge</li></li></ul><li><ul><li> Central
 33% of land area, 9% of population
 Harsh landscape and climate</li></ul>                           Llanos<br />
<ul><li> Southern & Eastern
 Nearly half of land area
 Covered in “tepuys” – ancient sandstone rock formations
 La Gran Sabana, located in Canaima National Park</li></ul>Guayana Highlands<br />
La Gran Sabana - East<br /><ul><li> Rocky barren surface
Tepuy – unique to SE Venezuela
 Highest Tepuy – Mt. Roraima
8,858 ft
 rugged sandstone</li></li></ul><li><ul><li> Divided by cliffs, rivers, crevices, cracks
Auyantepuy – Angel Falls
 first discovered 1927
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  1. 1. VENEZUELA<br />Nick Beckius Mathew Penner<br />Devin Dauel Amy Lester<br />
  2. 2. GEOGRAPHY<br />la geographía<br />
  3. 3. Regions<br /><ul><li>Venezuelan Highlands
  4. 4. Maracaibo Lowlands
  5. 5. Llanos – Plains
  6. 6. Guayana Highlands</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Andean Mountain Range
  7. 7. 66% of population, 12% of land area
  8. 8. Caracas</li></ul>Venezuelan Highlands<br />
  9. 9. MaracaiboLowlands<br /><ul><li> Northwest Region
  10. 10. Lake Maracaibo
  11. 11. 75 miles long, 100 miles wide
  12. 12. Shallow freshwater
  13. 13. Maracaibo
  14. 14. General Raphael Urdaneta Bridge</li></li></ul><li><ul><li> Central
  15. 15. 33% of land area, 9% of population
  16. 16. Harsh landscape and climate</li></ul> Llanos<br />
  17. 17. <ul><li> Southern & Eastern
  18. 18. Nearly half of land area
  19. 19. Covered in “tepuys” – ancient sandstone rock formations
  20. 20. La Gran Sabana, located in Canaima National Park</li></ul>Guayana Highlands<br />
  21. 21. La Gran Sabana - East<br /><ul><li> Rocky barren surface
  22. 22. Tepuy – unique to SE Venezuela
  23. 23. Highest Tepuy – Mt. Roraima
  24. 24. 8,858 ft
  25. 25. rugged sandstone</li></li></ul><li><ul><li> Divided by cliffs, rivers, crevices, cracks
  26. 26. Auyantepuy – Angel Falls
  27. 27. first discovered 1927
  28. 28. highest waterfall in the world
  29. 29. 2,421 ft</li></ul>La Gran Sabana - West<br />
  30. 30. Angel Falls<br />
  31. 31. PEOPLE<br />la gente<br />
  32. 32. <ul><li> Population approximately 26 million
  33. 33. Life expectancy of males - 71 years for males,
  34. 34. Of females - 77 years
  35. 35. Majority of population is between 15 and 64 years old</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Population growth is about 1.4% each year
  36. 36. 93% of the population lives in the city
  37. 37. Literacy rate - 93% for the whole population</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>First inhabited by Arawaks and the Carib Indians.
  38. 38. Christopher Columbus discovered Venezuela, and a couple of years later Spaniards settled in Venezuela.
  39. 39. Ethnic groups that make up the Venezuelan population
  40. 40. Spanish,
  41. 41. Italian,
  42. 42. Portuguese,
  43. 43. Arab,
  44. 44. German,
  45. 45. African,
  46. 46. indigenous people</li></li></ul><li>Religion<br /><ul><li>Roman Catholic – 96%
  47. 47. Protestant – 2%
  48. 48. Other Religions – 2%</li></li></ul><li>la economía<br />ECONOMY<br />
  49. 49. GDP numbers<br />
  50. 50. <ul><li>Top 3 exports 80% of nations GDP</li></li></ul><li>Oil field of Venezuela<br />
  51. 51. Venezuela is a Federal Republic<br /> consisting of three branches<br /> <br />POLITICAL STRUCTURE<br />
  52. 52. Executive<br />President: Hugo Chavez <br /><ul><li>Reelected in 2006
  53. 53. 62.9% of vote
  54. 54. Both Chief of State and Head of Government
  55. 55. Appoints his own cabinet</li></li></ul><li>Legislative <br /><ul><li>National Assembly
  56. 56. Unicameral
  57. 57. 167 members, elected every five years
  58. 58. Encompasses 23 states, 1 capital district, 1 federal dependency</li></li></ul><li>Judicial<br /><ul><li>Supreme Tribunal of Justice
  59. 59. 32 justices, appointed by National Assembly
  60. 60. Each serves single 12-year term
  61. 61. May be removed for “serious offenses” by 2/3 majority vote in National Assembly</li></li></ul><li>Major Political Parties<br />
  62. 62. United Socialist Party of Venezuela<br />Major Allies:<br /><ul><li>Fatherland for all (PPT)
  63. 63. Communist Party of Venezuela (PCV)</li></ul>A New Era (UNT)<br />Major Allies:<br /><ul><li>Project Venezuela
  64. 64. Justice First
  65. 65. Movement for Socialism</li></ul>Political Parties<br />
  66. 66. Government Regulations<br /><ul><li>Venezuela declared “Not Free” by Freedom House in 2008
  67. 67. Increasing restrictions on freedom of the press
  68. 68. Consolidation of power in executive branch
  69. 69. Refusal to renew licenses of TV stations supporting opposition
  70. 70. Prison sentence of 6-30 months for insulting President
  71. 71. Harsh prison conditions prompted hunger strike and scorn from international agency</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Corruption Rampant In Politics
  72. 72. Critics allege government involvement in narcotics trafficking
  73. 73. Ranked 162nd out of 179 countries in “Corruptions Perception” index for 2007 – Transparency International 
  74. 74. Government controls almost all aspects of economy. Inflation averages 17.2% between 2005-07.</li>
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