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Guyana is a country located on the northern coast of South America. It is bounded on the north by the

Atlantic Ocean and on the east by Suriname. On the south side Guyana is bordered by Brazil, and on the

west side is Brazil and Venezuela. Guyana achieved its independence on May 26, 1966 when it broke away

from Britain.

Land and Resources

Guyana has three different major geographical regions. These consist of a belt of soil which

ranges from five to forty miles, a dense forest area which makes up about four-fifths of the country and

a region of savanna. The country also has many rivers that have some spectacular waterfalls and one river

has the highest single-drop waterfall in the world. These rivers are navigable from the sea to about one-

hundred miles inland, after that they are no longer navigable due to rapids and falls.

Natural Resources

The lands of Guyana have many valuable natural resources.

Within the lands you can find gold,

diamonds, kaolin, manganese and bauxite. If you were to travel a little ways off shore, you could also

locate some petroleum. These natural resources are very important in helping out the economy of this poor


The lands have much resource also found in the vegetation and the forests. The plants and trees

are documented for their abnormal size and density. Guyana has an excellent lumber industry, they sell

some of the finest greenheart as well as mora. Within the forests are a big variety of wildlife which can

range from deer to anteater and a few types of monkeys. The birds are very diverse, they consist of for

example sugarbirds, cotingas and manakins all which feed on Guyana's vast array of insects.

Population , Education and Culture

Guyana has an estimated 800,000...