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Andean CountriesAndes Countries Ecuador Bolivia Peru Chile Lie on or near the Andes mountainsthe longestunbroken mountain chain in the worldCoastal Plain Lies along the Pacific Coast Features the Atacama Desertdriest and mostlifeless places on earth (located in northern Chile.So dry that archaeologists have discoveredperfectly preserved ancient relics Coastal plains on the North & South of theAtacama receive more rainparticularly inEcuador where it is extremely hot and humid in itsrainforests South features a Mediterranean Climatedry hotsummers; mild rainy wintersHighlands Highland plateau rises up to 6,500ft to 16,000ftabove sea level Peru & Bolivia calls it altiplano high plain andEcuador calls it paramos Climate: high elevations called the alpine tundra,usually grows above the timber lineboundaryabove which forest vegetation cannot grow Only plants that can survive in high altitudes withcold temps can survive hereTropical Forests Eastern side of the Andescalled the selva Located in the lowlands of Peru, Ecuador, andBolivia Creates conditions to form the Amazon rainforest Home to more wildlife than peoplePeople & Environment Rich soil attracts farmers to grow crops in thefertile valley regionsContains gold, silver, tin, and copper in themountainsVertical tradepeople from villages in differentelevations meet to tr

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