By Zoey G.
Brazil’s location, climate, and geography:
Brazil is located in South America. According to National Geographic Kids, Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest nation in the world. Brazil has an extensive coastline spanning 4,500 miles or 7,400 kilometers, and it borders almost every South American country except for Chile and Ecuador.
Brazil has a variety of landscapes such as its well-known rainforest. Other than Brazil’s rainforest, it has a variety of landscapes such as dry grasslands (called the pampas), rugged hills, pine forests, sprawling wetlands, immense plateaus, and a long coastal plain. One well-known river in Brazil is the Amazon River, home to many animals, along with the jungle that surrounds it.
Because Brazil is home to many jungles and rainforests, its climate is a humid subtropical one. According to Britannica, Brazil has a humid tropical and subtropical climate except for a drier area in the northeast. Because there are many landscapes in Brazil, the climate varies and there can be major weather events that take place, such as downpours, floods, storms, and droughts.
Brazil Fun Facts:
- In Brazil, there are glass frogs. A glass frog is unique because its abdomen is transparent white so you can see its organs. According to Wikipedia, glass frogs have transparent bodies because their transparency conceals them effectively while sleeping on a green leaf as they do in their habitats.
- A famous place in Brazil is Christ the Redeemer. It is a memorable site to visit as a tourist, and it has a lovely view. Christ the Redeemer is a statue at the top of a hill towering over a popular city in Brazil. The statue overlooks the city of Rio de Janeiro.
- The Princess Flower is the most common species of flower in Brazil. The Princess Flower should not be in the cold wind or large amounts of sunlight. According to Wikipedia, the Princess Flower is native to Brazil and Bolivia.
- Brazil celebrates Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras, but Brazilians call it Carnival. They have parades with big floats. According to Grand European Travel, Carnival draws its roots from 18th-century Portuguese immigrants who brought the Entrudo tradition to Brazil. Entrudo is a celebration held on the Tuesday before Lent begins, similar to Mardi Gras. Brazilians added twists to the original celebrations by adding Samba music and dance along with costumes and street performances – The great Carnival was born.
- Portuguese is the official language, and about 204 million people speak Portuguese in Brazil. 97.9% of the population speaks Portuguese. According to Wikipedia, the rest of the population speaks languages ranging from English to indigenous languages spoken in Brazil.