Monday, April 6, 2020

Hodgepocalypse - Latin America - Part 3 - Geography of Latin America


Writer’s notes: The following will include Central America, South America and Caribbean for the purposes of these posts.
Most of this area is in the tropical zone and the flora and fauna reflects this.

Mexico

The area that was once Mexico has more in common with North America then South.  The northern desert was the southern tip of Fallen Lords territory and they took exception of any invaders.  After the fall of the Fallen Lords, dinosaurs have been migrating northward and getting into conflict with the more indigenous mega-fauna, such as the Hyenadon.  It is best to be elsewhere when this happens.  Plus, it is still an area where the dead tends to rise to either request, help or harm the living.


Mexico-Popocatepetl.jpg 19 June 2006 Jakub Hejtmánek  GNU Free Documentation License, 

Central America

This uneven isthmus is very hilly or mountainous when combined with the high volcanic activity makes it a fertile, but unstable land.  It is enclosed by Humid swamps and lowlands along both the west and east coasts.  Spinosaurus are found throughout this swampland.


View from Volcano Pacaya, Guatemala.jpg Christopher Crouzet Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Guiana Shield

These huge and tower mesas tower over Northern South America and they are the home of the most spectacular waterfalls.  It is rumoured that this is where the dinosaurs originally descended into our world, but nobody has been able to confirm it due to lack of survival to return to tell the tale.  It is rumored to be a breach point to the Hallowed World.


Kuaymayojo Natural Monument Cerro Autana (72332979).jpeg  18 January 2014, 22:40:33 (UTC)500px   Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


Los Llanos

This northern, grassy, tropical plain lies in parts of Colombia and Venezuela.  It is particularly noteworthy for the fact that it floods for part of the year, turning it into a wetland.  


Los Llanos.JPG Los Llanos in Venezuela, taken by myself in May 2005.  29 June 2007 (original upload date) User: (WT-shared) Six2000 at wts wikivoyage  
(WT-shared) Six2000 at wts wikivoyage


Amazon Rainforest

Once in decline, now it is known as the garden.  It was fed by the dead remains of a supernatural intelligence and has grown wildly out of control.  It is believed it has its own intelligence and grows monsters as a means of self-defence.  There are several hard-fought paths through the rainforest, but those that stray from these will either get fortune or doom!

The best means of travelling this area is the legendary Amazon river, but it has its own dangers.


Amazonian rainforest 2.JPG User:Shao  GNU Free Documentation License


Brazilian Highlands

This huge landmass was originally inactive, but now has volcanic activity.  Originally covered by rain forests, it now lies bare and is a place of farmland and civilisation.  


Prateleiras por do sol Itatiaia.jpg 22 June 2016, 21:16:49 João P. Burini  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.


Andes

The Andes Mountains stretches practically the entire continent.  It is much more active and brimming with volcanoes and suffers from frequent earthquakes.  Despite this, they are surprisingly populated with sentient beings.


Andes Argentina Chile.jpg Ivan Pellacani  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license


Altiplano

While technically part of the Andes, this high plateau is one of the most populated areas of the continent.  Acting as a natural barrier to danger, it is where the survivors have set up settlements to survive. 


Altiplano, 3200mts over sea level, 30 kms away feom San pedro de Atacama.jpg 30 June 2019, 19:31:18 Sandra fuentes  
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Atacama Desert

This strip of land on the pacific coast was the driest desert in the world and still is today.  The land flows of lava, and its stony terrain is only broken by the occasional salty lake.


Abandoned bus in San Pedro de Atacama (Unsplash).jpg 28 July 2015  Unsplash  Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication


The Gran Chaco Thermal Low

This sparsely populated lowland has some of the hottest temperatures on the continent.  Despite this, this would be cattle country if the locals used cattle.  


Landskapsvy. Gran Chaco. Bolivia - SMVK - 003621.tif   The Swedish Cordiller-Chaco Expedition (1901–1902).
Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication.

Pampas

This fertile South American lowland is the breadbasket and livestock capital of South America and one of the largest places of habitation.  Shrunk somewhat by rising water levels, it is a land of conflict due to having the resources to fight one another.


Campos despues de la cosecha en Pampas2.jpg 28 April 2009, 04:04 (UTC)  Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported license.


Patagonia

This region is covered by a steppe plain east of the Andes and a temperate cloud rainforest on the west.  Intense geothermal activity in Patagonia keeps the atmosphere warmer than it ought to be.


Lago Verde, Sector Jeinimeni, Patagonia National Park.jpg 16 March 2019, 14:31:42  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Tierra del Fuego

Despite its name, this archipelago is a place of snowy mountains, glaciers and windswept trees. 

Bahía Lapataia, Parque Nacional Tierra del Fuego, Argentina 20181110 114145.jpg 10 November 2018, 11:41:45 Josefito123   
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Islands of Notes


The Caribbean

Many of the islands that once existed here have been subsumed by the Gulf of Mexico due to rising water levels.  However, new islands have arisen due to tectonic shift, volcanic activity and trans-dimensional teleportation.   There is a huge magical vortex in the middle of the area, roughly where the Bermuda once was.  This gives off massive amounts of light and energy and is used as a natural lighthouse, provided you don’t get too close.


Bajo Nuevo.png  NASA Word Wind screen image of Bajo Nuevo Bank, Caribbean Sea.  Public Domain


Easter Island

This island off the Chilean coast is noteworthy for its giant heads done by an ancient culture.  It’s still inhabited by people that may or may not be related to its original inhabitants.  It is believed to be a symbiosis relationship with the dead which the giant heads may talk on their behalf, if properly persuaded.    


Moai at Rano Raraku (Easter Island).jpg 14 October 2019, 15:14:25 Mc vc  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.


Galapagos Islands

This small chain of islands was considered part of the country of Ecuador before the Times of Revelations and was known for Darwin’s journey on the HMS Beagle.  Its animal life has continued to mutate where it is ruled by giant turtle humanoid monsters.


The Galapagos tortoise in the galapagos island of santa cruz photo by Alvaro Sevilla Design.JPG 3 December 2011 David Adam Kess Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


Falkland Islands

This small series of islands are off the coast of Argentina and are ruled by a series of savage sheep herders that claim to be descended from the original inhabitants of the island.


 Rocks of Hadassa Bay Falkland Islands.jpg 24 December 2019, 10:59:51  amanderson2  Flickr licence


Ilha da Queimada Grande

Snake island is off the coast of the former country of Brazil.  The island teams with snakes and the Time of Revelations only added to the diversity as magic transformed them beyond human imagination.


Bothrops insularis.jpg 3 May 2016, 17:26:49 Nayeryouakim  Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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