Before specifically showing the South America map let's see the most complete topographic map of Earth up to date.
As recent as June 29th., 2009, a new version of the digital topographic map of the world was released by NASA and Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
The Global Digital Elevation Model (GDEM) covers the Earth's land surface between 83 degrees North and 83 degrees South latitudes.
It was made by processing and stereo-correlating 1.3 million optical images from ASTER's archive.
In this colorized version, high elevations are shown in orange, red and white, medium elevations in greens and yellows and low elevations in purple.
South America is the fourth largest continent in the world with approx. 17,849,000 square km. (6,890,000 square miles) and a population of 371,090,000, estimated by 2005.
Read more about it at South America Facts.
South America is politically divided into twelve sovereign states: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela, plus the overseas administration of French Guiana.
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For a quick reference on maps and capital cities for each and every country in South America visit Flags of South America.
Have you traveled to South America recently?..If so you are more than welcome to submit your opinions, experiences, findings and even your favorite pictures.
Check in with travel to South America, where you will find links to each country to place your story accordingly.
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Don't hesitate to post it at South America Answers.
It's something like Yahoo answers but specifically related to the region.
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