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Forming the Eastern half of South America’s long, tapering tail, Argentina is numbered 8 on the World’s largest countries list and is South America’s second largest country following Brazil.

To the West, Argentina borders with Chile; Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil to the North and Uruguay to the East.  Triangularly shaped and 3700km (2300m) in length from the north down to the southern island of Tierra del Fuego.

The country can be divided into six geographic regions:
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    The Parana Plateau, in the extreme northeast is an extension of the highlands of southern Brazil.  This is the wettest region of Argentina with a dense forest cover.  The renowned Iguaçu Falls are found in this region.  Chief products in this region are: tobacco, timber and yerba mate.
  2. The Gran Chaco, the north pf Argentina is a relatively flat alluvial plain that has a subtropical climate.  This region is accustomed to seasonal flooding, and because of poor drainage, the wetlands remain flooded for long periods of time.  Chief products of this area are: livestock, cotton and wood from the quebracho tree.
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    The Pampa, south of the Gran Chaco is a vast spans of natural grasslands.  It’s the deep rich soil of the Pampa’s that is the wealth of Argentina.  The more humid eastern part of this region “The Wet Pampa” is the country’s principal agriculture area and produces the majority of Argentina’s exports.  It is by far the most important region with most of the principal cities and industries found here.  Chief products of this are: wheat, alfalfa, corn, dairy and livestock.
  4. The Monte, sitting in the rain shadows of the Andes, this arid region has varied mineral deposits, mainly oil, lead, zinc, tin copper and salt, all of which are being exuberantly exploited.  Other chief products of this area are: wine, sugar, fruits and corn.
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    Patagonia, the deep south, a plateau of windswept vastness.  Agriculture is difficult with the poor soils and cool and dry climate.  This region is sparsely populated and largely undeveloped.  Ushuaia, found on the very point of Argentina’s tail, is the most southern town in the world.  Chief products of this area are: wool, oil and natural gas production.
The Andes Mountains, this region contains some of the world’s highest elevations, outside of Asia.  These high elevations act as a barrier to the moist westerly winds, causing the Andes eastern slopes desert like condition.  Chief products in this area are timber and mineral resources; however, these are yet to be exploited heavily because of the region’s inaccessibility
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