Human-Environment Interaction in Latin America
<ul><li>Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Some areas engage in slash and burn farming in which an area’s vegetation is cut dow...
<ul><li>Hilly and mountainous areas use terraced farming. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is where you carve steps into the hil...
<ul><li>Urbanization </li></ul><ul><li>Many people in Latin America are migrating towards cities.  They offer better job o...
<ul><li>This overcrowding results in pollution problems, most especially from cars, difficulties with trash and sewage, an...
<ul><li>Tourism </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of it in Latin America… all the resorts, cruise ship tours, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>...
<ul><li>The downside is that it can stress the local resources. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many of the jobs are also not well-p...
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9.3 - Human Environment Interaction In Latin America

  1. 1. Human-Environment Interaction in Latin America
  2. 2. <ul><li>Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Some areas engage in slash and burn farming in which an area’s vegetation is cut down and then burned. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The ashes act as a fertilizer. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unfortunately, the soil is usually depleted in two or three years and can no longer grow crops. So farmers move on and slash and burn another section. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The downside of this is that it destroys the forests. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Hilly and mountainous areas use terraced farming. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is where you carve steps into the hillsides and then farm on those steps. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reduces soil erosion since there’s no longer a steady slope. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Urbanization </li></ul><ul><li>Many people in Latin America are migrating towards cities. They offer better job opportunities as well as better medical care and education than do the rural areas. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This migration, however, can result in overcrowded cities and urban slums. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>This overcrowding results in pollution problems, most especially from cars, difficulties with trash and sewage, and water shortages. The infrastructure can’t keep up with the growth. </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Tourism </li></ul><ul><li>Lots of it in Latin America… all the resorts, cruise ship tours, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>The upside is that it brings money to these areas and provides employment where otherwise there may be none or little. </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>The downside is that it can stress the local resources. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many of the jobs are also not well-paying – they’re low-level service industry occupations. Most owners of tourist resorts are not in-country. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resentment can build between the tourists and the locals, in part because of the obvious income gap, but also because of irritation at constantly serving the tourists’ whims. </li></ul></ul>

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