Colombia An Example Of Megadiversity

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Colombia An Example Of Megadiversity

  1. 1. Colombia: An Example of Megadiversity Mike Esposito Wyeth Latin Network
  2. 2. Quick Facts <ul><li>4 th largest Spanish-speaking country in area after Argentina, Mexico and Peru (440,000 sq. mi.) </li></ul><ul><li>2 nd largest Spanish-speaking country in population after Mexico (45,000,000) </li></ul><ul><li>5 distinct geographical regions: Andean region, Caribbean Coast, Pacific Coast, Eastern Savannah (Llanos), Amazon jungle </li></ul><ul><li>Influence of indigenous, European and African cultures </li></ul>
  3. 3. Colombia trivia <ul><li>4 th most biodiverse country on earth after Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa </li></ul><ul><li>More species of birds than any other country </li></ul><ul><li>Wide variety of microclimates due to division of Andes into three smaller ranges and different elevations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Vary from most rainy area in the Americas to desert </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some ecosystems there exist nowhere else on planet, e.g. Serranía de la Macarena </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most biodiverse area on earth is the Pacific Coast region of Colombia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Several snow-capped peaks, some visible from the sea </li></ul><ul><li>Only South American country to border two seas: Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean </li></ul>
  4. 4. Largest cities <ul><li>Bogotá: capital and largest city (8 million) </li></ul><ul><li>Cali: home to many industries </li></ul><ul><li>Medellín: known for orchids </li></ul><ul><li>Barranquilla: largest port, near Caribbean Sea </li></ul><ul><li>Cartagena: on Caribbean coast, great historical site </li></ul>
  5. 5. Bogotá, panoramic view
  6. 6. University campus near Bogotá
  7. 7. “ Quince años”
  8. 8. Andean Region <ul><li>Where most Colombians live </li></ul><ul><li>Varies from hot river valleys to snow-capped volcanoes </li></ul><ul><li>Coffee, plantains and other crops are grown there </li></ul><ul><li>Three mountain ranges: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cordillera Occidental (Western Range) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cordillera Central (Central Range) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cordillera Oriental (Eastern Range) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Guasca
  10. 10. Near Subachoque
  11. 14. Cerro El Tablazo
  12. 15. Ráquira, Boyacá
  13. 16. Villa de Leiva, Boyacá
  14. 17. La Piedra Capira, near Guaduas
  15. 18. Melgar, Tolima
  16. 20. Lechona tolimense
  17. 21. Club Comfamiliar, near Pereira
  18. 22. Wax palms, Cocora Valley
  19. 23. Caribbean Coast <ul><li>2 nd most populous region of Colombia </li></ul><ul><li>Contains most resort areas: Cartagena, Santa Marta, San Andrés </li></ul><ul><li>Largest banana growing areas in this region </li></ul><ul><li>Isolated mountain range: Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta </li></ul><ul><li>Desert region: La Guajira </li></ul><ul><li>Includes two Caribbean islands near coast of Nicaragua: San Andrés and Providencia </li></ul>
  20. 24. Castillo de San Felipe, Cartagena
  21. 25. Cartagena
  22. 26. Islas del Rosario
  23. 27. Isla de Salamanca
  24. 28. Irotama Hotel, Santa Marta
  25. 29. San Andrés
  26. 30. Johnny Key
  27. 31. Providencia
  28. 32. Pacific Coast <ul><li>Sparsely populated </li></ul><ul><li>Contains rainiest areas of Colombia </li></ul><ul><li>Great biodiversity and cultural diversity in this region </li></ul>
  29. 33. Quibdó, capital of Chocó
  30. 34. Pacific Coast singers
  31. 35. Pacific Coast musicians
  32. 36. Eastern savannah <ul><li>Known as llanos orientales in Spanish </li></ul><ul><li>This area also extends into Venezuela </li></ul><ul><li>Cattle raising is the primary agricultural activity </li></ul><ul><li>Pronounced wet and dry seasons </li></ul>
  33. 37. Ranch near Puerto Gaitán, Meta
  34. 38. Amazon jungle <ul><li>Contains largest land area in Colombia </li></ul><ul><li>Very little road access </li></ul><ul><li>Contains Colombia’s only port on the Amazon River: Leticia </li></ul><ul><li>Varied indigenous population </li></ul>
  35. 39. Ingano cacique, Putumayo

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