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Guatemala



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.

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- China’s glass-bottom bridge appeared to be not as strong as everybody expected
"The glass on the bottom got cracked just underneath the tourists
It is reported that one of the tourists dropped a metal mug on the bridge floor while visiting this new place of interest. It resulted in a glass crack. When this happened all the tourists were immediately evacuated and the bridge itself was closed to the public.
The representatives of the Shiniuzhai geological park, where the bridge is placed state that the accident didn’t threaten the visitors’ security as there was only 1 of the 3 glass layers that got cracked. The glassmaker also agrees that there was nothing to worry about and the glass cracks don’t pose any risk to the tourists. However, it’s hard to believe, but that is not the first material flaw produced by this company. A year ago the glass floor placed at one of the skyscrapers in Chicago got cracked and was supplied by the same company. "

- Sightseeing in Greece will become much more expensive
"Greek authorities reported about a sharp increase in price for visiting museums and other places of interest around the country. In particular, starting from January 1, 2016 the ticket price at Acropolis will reach 52 euro. Today the Athens main attraction costs only 12 euro.
The entrance ticket price to the sanctuary of Olympia and Knossos ruins will be raised twice. Since the beginning of the next year 200 museums located all around the country will also increase the ticket price.
However, the Greek authorities note that such high prices are likely to be up to date only during the summer tourist season. "