Physical map of South America, Lambert equal-area projection
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Information about the geography of South America
South America is intersected by the Equator on its norhtern part, thus the bulk of the continent lies on the southern hemishpere.
The mountain ranges of the Andes stretch on the western side of the continent, while the Amazon basin, drained by the Amazon river running from the slopes of the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean, is the main geographical entity in the northern part of the continent.
As we move southwards from the Amazon rainforests, we pass the diverse Brazilian Highlands, and run into the vast grasslands called Pampas,
which stretch towards Patagonia in the southernmost part of the South American continent, which ends by "Tierra del Fuego" at the tip of the mainland.