This is an essay about Colombia. It describes everything about Colombia from land resources to religion,etc.

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Colombia, a republic in South America, its in the northwestern part of the continent, and

bounded on the north by Panama and the Caribbean Sea, on the east by Venezuela and Brazil,

on the south by Peru and Ecuador, and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Colombia is the only

country of South America with coasts on both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean. The

total land area of the country is 1,141,748 sq km (440,831 sq mi). The capital and largest city is

Bogotá. "The distinguishing topographical feature of Colombia is the Andes mountain chain, its

in the central and western parts of the country, and stretches north through south across almost

its entire length. "The Andes comprise three principal and parallel ranges: the Cordillera

Oriental, the Cordillera Central, and the Cordillera Occidental. On the Caribbean coast is the

isolated mountain mass known as the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, which includes Colombia's

highest point at Pico Cristóbal Colón (5776 m/18,950 ft)."

"The Cordillera Central contains the

volcanic peaks of Huila (5750 m/ 18,865 ft) and Tolima (5616 m/ 18,425 ft). About 240 km

(about 150 mi) south of the Caribbean, the Cordillera Central descends to marshy jungle. The

cordillera peaks are perpetually covered with snow; the timberline in these mountains lies at

about 3000 m (about 10,000 ft)." East of the Cordillera Oriental are vast reaches of torrid

lowlands, thinly populated and only partly explored. The southern portion of this region, called

selvas (rain forests), is thickly forested and is drained by the Caquetá River and other tributaries

of the Amazon River. The northern and greater part of the region comprises vast plains, or

llanos, and is traversed by the Meta and other tributaries of the Orinoco River. Between the

cordilleras are high plateaus, a number...