Mexico


, in full United Mexican States (Spanish Estados Unidos Mexicanos), federal republic in North America, bounded on the north by the United States; on the east by the United States, the Gulf of , and the Caribbean Sea; on the south by Belize and Guatemala; and on the west by the Pacific Ocean. Mexican federal jurisdiction extends, in addition to proper, over a number of offshore islands. The area of the country is 1,958,201 sq km (756,066 sq mi). The capital and largest city is City.
The Land
Most of is an immense, elevated plateau, flanked by mountain ranges that fall sharply off to narrow coastal plains in the west and east. The two mountain chains, the Sierra Madre Occidental to the ...

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Comprising more than half the total area of , the plateau slopes downward from the west to the east and from the south, where the elevation varies from about 1830 to 2440 m (about 6000 to 8000 ft) above sea level, to the north with an elevation of about 1070 to 1220 m (about 3500 to 4000 ft). Two large valleys form notable depressions in the plateau: the Bolsón de Mapimí in the north and the Valley of , or Anáhuac, in central .
The coastal plains are generally low, flat, and sandy, although the Pacific coast is occasionally broken by mountain spurs. Baja California, a long, narrow peninsula extending about 1220 km (about 760 mi) south from the northwestern corner of the country, is traversed by mountains that are a continuation of the coastal ranges in the U.S. state of California. The Yucatán Peninsula, which forms the southeastern tip of the country, is low and flat, averaging about 30 m (about 100 ft) in elevation.
Mexico has few major rivers, and most are not navigable. ...

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F) in January and 12° to 23° C (53° to 73° F) in July. The average temperature range in Monterrey is 9° to 20° C (48° to 68° F) in January and 22° to 29° C (72° to 85° F) in July.
The rainy season lasts from May to October. Although sections of southern Mexico receive about 1000 to 1500 mm (about 40 to 60 in) of rain a year, most of Mexico is much drier. Rainfall averages less than about 640 mm (about 25 in) annually in the tierra templada, about 460 mm (about 18 in) in the tierra fría, and about 250 mm (about 10 in) in the semiarid north. Annual precipitation averages for Mexico City and Monterrey are 750 mm (30 in) and 580 mm (23 in), respectively.

Natural Resources

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