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Development of the Temperate Grasslands of Latin America
Explains the development of the temperate grasslands of Latin America.
# 33581 | 1,900 words | 4 sources | APA | 2002 | US
Published on Nov 03, 2003 in Latin-American Studies (Environmental Issues) , Geography (General)

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This paper explains how the temperate grasslands of Latin America developed, both in their original geological formation and in terms of colonization. The paper explains how the process of development was one of exploitation which railways made possible and also shows how the patterns and trends observed in 1914 were a continuation of patterns started in 1850.

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"Latin America grasslands are of three types: rolling, tosca, and low. These grasslands originated from the erosion of wind and water on ancient geological formations. The uppermost layer is always the most recent formation. "Ranging in depth from a few feet to several yards, it is the result of a continued mixing of loess and alluvium, both sand and clay, with the humus of an enormous grassland" (Scobie, 1964, p. 18). The bedrock underlying the grasslands is covered with hundreds of feet of sand, fine clay, and sediment. In many areas such as the Argentine coastal plains, the grasslands were formed by loose deposits of clay and sand.
"Three types of material have contributed to the formation of temperate grasslands: volcanic ash in various hilly regions of the pampas, rock particles carried by wind, and sedimentary deposits. Typically, the temperate grasslands are described as massive flat plains. In fact, they are "...a series of long slopes or vast swells, often almost imperceptible, yet sometimes abrupt when they form ravines or washes" (Scobie. P. 18). Their most outstanding feature is the absence of any major rivers. Instead their drainage system consists of small streams and gullies."

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