Map Page 1136 Area 67,661 square mi (108,890 square km) Population 13,909,384 Capital Guatemala City Highest Point 13,815 ft (4,211 m) Lowest Point 0 m GDP per capita $3,900 Primary Natural Resources petroleum, nickel, rare woods.
THE REPUBLIC OF GUATEMALA is located in Central America and is bordered by the PACIFIC OCEAN, the Gulf of Honduras, otherwise known as the CARIBBEAN SEA, and four countries (EL SALVADOR, HONDURAS, BELIZE, MEXICO).
The total length of the borders is about 1,296 mi (2,087 km), and the landscape is largely mountainous, with a limestone plateau.
The two coastal areas are very narrow.
Latino and Amerindian are the two major ethnic groups in Guatemala.
VOLCANIC REGION The mountainous areas of Guatemala are home to over 30 volcanoes.
Many volcanoes are still active and this area experiences occasional earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
The Caribbean coastline is very narrow and beaches are nonexistent, while the Pacific coastline is characterized by black-sand beaches.
Guatemala is intensely cultivated and agriculture employs 50 percent of the workforce; some people work on sugarcane and banana plantations.
Guatemala also features the Peten RAINFOREST, which is an archaeological treasure where many dinosaur bones can be found in the soil.
However, the existence of the Peten rainforest, located within the interior of Guatemala, is being threatened as trees are being cut down.
Soil erosion and water pollution also pose a great concern for the environment.
Guatemala has a tropical climate that varies with elevation.
The country's coastal regions are generally hot throughout the year, with usual temperatures reaching up to 100 degrees F (38 degrees C).
The summer seasons are hot and humid, while winters are warm and dry.
These regions are susceptible to hurricanes and other tropical storms.
The highlands are generally wet and cloudy during the summer, and the temperatures are not as hot as in the coastal regions because of the higher elevation.
The climate in the Peten rainforest is mostly wet year-round.
Summers are hot while winters are warm.
There is a brief dry season from February to April.
The rainforest is home to a variety of wildlife, which is in danger because of deforestation.
The quetzal, the national bird, is almost extinct.
Pumas, jaguars, ocelots, deer, tapir, and margay are among many of the animals living there.
- Titanic will be cruising in three years
"The ship, which is the copy of the infamous ship, will be first launched in 2018. The Australian billionaire Cleve Palmer made a decision in 2013 to recreate the Titanic that sank a century ago. It was planned that the ship should become a part of the Blue Star Line Company and make its first cruise in 2016. It was planned that Titanic 2 would have its precursor’s route from Southampton to New York.
However, according to the last information published the ship will be launched only in 2018 and its first cruise will be routed from Jiangsu to Dubai. As the press reports, the route was changed not because of the superstitious threat, but to arrange the collaboration with the Emirates. "
- The smog has affected tourists’ plans in Thailand
"Several flights were canceled due to the smoke.
The wildfires are storming around in Indonesia, the smoke of which extends 100 km away. Due to the wind direction smog has covered Phuket and Samui, the Thai’s islands. It is said that the smoke is neither life nor health threatening for tourists. There is no burning smell as well. Nevertheless, the tourists are not recommended to go in for sports outdoors. One of the country’s media centre states that the Phuket Island community has sent an open letter to the authorities of Thailand asking about taking steps on the smog elimination. According to what they say, the south part of the country is covered by the poisonous smoke that can cause development of various diseases among the local population. Also the islanders say that smog crashes the tourists’ plans that they cannot fly out because of the flight cancellation. For instance, only five airplanes that took off from Bangkok flying to Phuket and Samui were asked to make a reverse just in the air because of the low visibility conditions. "