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Photos of Iguazu Falls
Photos of the Andes
Photos of Patagonia
Amazon Basin photos
Photos of Yosemite National Park
Photos of Jasper National Park
Photos of Yellowstone National Park
Photos of Navajo Monument
Photos of Glacier National Park
Photos of Banff National Park
Photos of Grand Teton National Park
North Shore Mountain photos
Photos of Bryce Canyon National Park
Photos of Arches National Park
Photos of Monument Valley National Park
Photos of Grand Canyon National Park
Photos of Sequoia National Park
Photos of Zion National Park
Photos of Petrified Forest National Park
Photos of Death Valley National Park

The Americas contains dramatic landscapes ranging from tundra, rainforests, deserts, mountains, and plains. The Andes and Rockies are the biggest mountain ranges and because they are aligned in a north-south direction, they capture the predominate wind flow which leads to areas of extreme and little precipitation. This gives rise to rainforests such as the Amazon and the Pacific Temperate Rain Forests Coregion and deserts such as the Atacama and the Mohave. Areas of permanent ice and snow cover include the tops of mountains and Northern Canada as well as Patagonia in South America. Volcanic zones are common in North and South America and coincide with areas prone to earthquakes.

 


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