D: 11/3/12A: Notes on Mexico’s land, climate & economy.S: How does Mexico’s climate affect its economy?H: Nonew.o.d: SinkholeWarm-Up: Answer the questions 1 & 2 onpg. 167 under Connecting to History. Writethe questions and answers.
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I. Landa. Mexico sits where three of the earth’s plates meet so there are a lot of volcanoesb. It has two peninsulas one is Baja California the other is the Yucatanc. The Pacific Ocean is the west and Gulf of Mexico is to the east.
I. Landd. The Sierra Madre is made up of three different mountain ranges. i. The Sierra Madre Occidental are on the west coast ii. The Sierra Madre Oriental are on the east coast iii. The Sierra Madre del Sur are in the southwest
I. Lande. In the center of the country sits the Plateau of Mexico i. Desert & Grassy Plains are in the north ii. Valleys where all the people live are in the south
I. Landf. Costal Plains allow for good soil and growing seasons
II. Climatea. The Tropic of Cancer runs through the center of Mexico. Land north has warm summers and cool winters. Land south is warm year-round
II. Climateb. Elevation affects Mexico’s climate. The higher you go the colder it gets.c. Tierra caliente or hot lands on the coast are hot year-round.d. Tierra templada are more moderatee. Tierra fria are cold.
II. Climatef. There is very little rainfall in the Northg. June to October hurricanes hit Mexico
III. Economya. The North i. Farmers build canals to grow food in this desert region ii. Vaqueros or cowboys herd, rope and brand cattle iii. Monterrey is the main producer of steel and cement iv. Maquiladoras have been built in Tijuana & Juarez to manufacture goods
III. Economyb. Central Mexico i. Farming & ranching are the major ways to make money due to the good soil from volcanic eruptions & the mild temperatures. ii. Most of people in Mexico live in this region. Mexico City & Guadalajara are booming Mexican cities.
III. Economyc. The South i. This is the poorest region. ii. Subsistence farming so people can eat in the mountain regions iii. Plantations of bananas and sugarcane for export on the coastal plains iv. The coastal plains also have beautiful beaches for tourism