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Mexico’s natural resources

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    • Mexico’s Natural Resources ’
    • Location
      • The Tropic of Cancer divides the country of Mexico into northern temperate, and southern subtropical zones that can be further divided into desert, steppes, savannas, and tropical rain forests.
      • Due to a combination of its climate, location, and topography (landforms), Mexico is rich in natural resources.
    • Landforms
      • There are 3 Sierra Madre mountain ranges,
      • the Central Mexican Plateau,
      • the flat lands of the Yucatan Peninsula,
      • and 5,797 miles of coastline.
      • The country of Mexico is located in one of the most
      • geologically active regions in the world. Because
      • of this, it has many different landforms.
    • Agriculture
      • Mexico’s most fertile growing area is found on the Central Plateau and the southern states of Oaxaca and Veracruz.
      • Main crops include corn and beans.
      • Other crops that Mexico exports are cocoa beans, wheat, coffee, sugarcane, tropical fruits, tomatoes, cotton, and tobacco.
    • Livestock
      • Mexico also produces cattle, pigs, goats and sheep for export.
    • Mining
      • Mexico is the largest producer of silver in the world and is in the top 15 producers of gold, copper, and iron.
      • Silver is mined in the central state of Zacatecas and in the southern coastal state of Guerrero.
    • Mining
      • Gold is found in Baja California Sur, near Santa Bárbara in Chihuahua, and near Pachuca in the state of Hidalgo.
      • Copper is mined in the northern state of Sonora, and the
      • central State of Zacatecas.
      • Most of Mexico’s iron ore
              • reserves are located in the
      • northern border state of
      • Coahuila, and the Pacific
      • coastal state of Colima.
    • Fishing
      • Mexico has 5,798 miles of coast along the Pacific Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.
      • In 2007, Mexico’s total catch of fish and shrimp was 1.02 million tons, which ranked them 17 th in the world.
    • Petroleum Products
      • Oil is Mexico’s main export.
      • Mexico’s petroleum industry is the sixth largest in the world.
      • Money from the sale of oil and natural gas generates over 10% of Mexico's export earnings.
      • Oil wells are found along the Gulf Coast of Mexico.
    • Forestry
      • 39% of Mexico’s
      • land is comprised of
      • forests and woodland.
      • Mexico’s forests are
      • commonly used for providing timber, as well as
      • ecological and wildlife reserves, and ingredients for
      • pharmaceuticals.
      • Mexico’s forest industry is located mainly on the
      • Yucatan Peninsula near the Caribbean coast.
    • Tourism
      • Sunset at Los Cabos
      • Tourism is not usually considered a natural resource, but in Mexico, it is based on the natural beauty and diversity of the environment.
      • Tourism is a multi-billion dollar industry in Mexico.
    • Ecotourism
      • Ecotourism is the type of tourism that actually helps conserve local environments and helps support the economy in rural areas.
      • Cave of the Giant Crystals Coral Reef - Cozumel
    • Ecotourism Central Mexico The Sonoran Desert Cabo San Lucas Rio Azul
    • Instructional Module: “Location, Climate, and Natural Resources of Mexico” Georgia Performance Standards Grade Six Social Studies Prepared by Firas Marenkos, Miguel Peña, Pam Roshio, and Brandon Whitworth for Valdosta State University; ITED 7500 Spring 2011 Guadalupe Victoria Dam, Durango, Mexico