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The second largest country in South America and the largest Spanish speaking country in the world.
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Argentina's Threatened Animals: The Blue Whale

Argentina's Threatened Animals: The Blue Whale | Argentina, Sierra Watson | Scoop.it

Here is a video about the Blue Whale http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YtC-VagE4Y. The blue whale is the largest animal that has ever lived on earth. It can weigh up to 300,000 lb and grow as long as 110 feet! The blue whale occurs mostly in cold and temperate waters. It prefers deeper ocean waters as opposed to coastal waters. The blue whale is the largest creature that has ever existed on earth. It is bigger than 25 elephants; bigger than a Brontosaurus and a Tyrannosaurus rex combined. A blue whale calf is about 23 feet long at birth!


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Argentine Tango History

Argentine Tango History | Argentina, Sierra Watson | Scoop.it

Here is a video of Dancing with the Stars doing the Argentine Tango http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sszc5oMvq60! The word "tango" had acquired the standard meaning of the place where African slaves and free blacks gathered to dance by the time Argentina banned slavery in 1853. The tango orginated from Argentina! The worldwide spread of the tango came in the early 1900s when wealthy sons of Argentine society families made their way to Paris and introduced the tango the the Latin men. By 1913, the tango had become an international phenomenon in Paris, London and New York.

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Buenos Aires Weather Forecast & Conditions

Buenos Aires Weather Forecast & Conditions | Argentina, Sierra Watson | Scoop.it

The weather for this time of year is very hot! Since Argentina is south of the equator they have opposite weather patterens than us. Can you imagine Christmas in July here?! That is how it is in Argentina you will tan during Christmas and freeze during our summer months! Makes me wonder for there summer vacation if they are playing out in the snow while we are sitting the beach! There weather forcast for now is high 80's and a high chance of rain during the end of the week.

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Argentina's Famous People

Argentina's Famous People | Argentina, Sierra Watson | Scoop.it

Jennifer Gimenez: Gimenez has done both modeling and acting. She has appeared in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Blow, Vanilla Sky, and in music videos. Her modeling career kicked off at an early age, but unfortunately her drug addiction too. She struggled with substance abuse before she eventually checked into rehab, and appeared on Dr. Drew’s reality TV show, “Sober House”. 


Che Guevara: Guevara is a symbol of revolution, he played an important role in the Cuban Revolution with Fidel Castro, and served in Castro’s cabinet . His views were sympathetic to the poor and oppressed, he was an anti-imperialist. He spoke out against racial apartheid in South Africa. In 1965 he headed on to Congo to help the rebels. He also unsuccessfully attempted to start a revolution in Bolivia, which eventually lead to his capture and execution.

(Che is the picture above.)


Diego Maradona: Maradona is a famous Argentine soccer legend, and is seen by many as one of the greatest soccer legends ever. He captained Argentina to a 1986 World Cup win. His second goal against England in the Quarterfinal was voted “Goal of the Century." He struggled with substance abuse after his soccer career, which he eventually recovered from in 2006.

 

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Timeline Of Argentina

1438 through 1538 was when Argentina was discovered along with the Inca Empire and civilazation. Buenos Aires was discovered in 1580. The overthrow of the king by Napoleon was in 1810. Argentina declared their independence in 1816 from Spain. In 1853 Argentina established a consitution and became republic. In 1956 the 1853 constitution was restored. In 1982 the Falklands War started with the UK and also Argentina surrendered that same year.

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Argentina Agriculture

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Agriculture in Argentina focus on the production of cereal, oil, grains, seeds, sugar, fruit, wine, tea, tobacco, and cotton. Argentina is one of the greatest food producing and food exporting countries of the world. Wheat is the leading crop. Argentina accounted for about 75% of all wheat produced in South America. Argentina is the world's fifth-leading wheat exporter.

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Argentina Religion

Around 90% of Agrentinians are Roman Catholic but fewer than 20% of them attend church regularly. Buenos Aires has the second largest Jewish population (300,000) in the Americas after New York. Jewish is 2%. Protestant is 2%. Other is 4% (this includes no religion).

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Argentina Literacy Rate

Spanish is the offical language of Argentina. The Argentina literacy rate defintion is age 15 and over that can read and write. The literacy rate total population is 97.20%.  The literacy rate is males is 97.1%. The literacy rate in females is 97.1%.

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Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner (president of Argentina)

Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner is the 55th president of Argentina. She was born February 19, 1953. She was an Argentine lawyer and polotician who in 2007 became the first female elected president. She succeeded her husband who served as president in 2003 to 2007. Fernandez attended the University of La Plata where she met her husband.

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Population & Racial Demographics

 The ethnic groups in Argentina are mostly white (Spanish and Italian) 97%, mestizo (mixed white and Amerindian ancestry), Amerindian, or other non-white groups 3%.The population as of July 2012  is 42,192,49. The population growth rate is 0.997% (2012 est.). The birth rate is 17.34 births/1,000 population (2012 est.). The death rate is 7.36 deaths/1,000 population (July 2012 est.).
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Argentina Geography & Map

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Argentina’s area of 1,072,067 square miles is about one-third of the U.S. In climate, size, and topography, Argentina can be compared with the portion of the U.S. between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains, although the North American region has colder winters. The humid lowlands of eastern Argentina, especially along the rivers of the Rio de la Plata system, resemble the Mississippi Valley. In northern Argentina, the savannas and swamps of the Chaco region find a parallel in coastal Louisiana. Westward, the humid pampa gives way to rangeland and finally to desert that is broken only by irrigated oases, just as the Great Plains of the U.S. become drier toward the west. The Andes present a far more imposing barrier than the Rockies, but both mountain systems mark the western end of the plains.

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Iguazú Falls, Argentina

Iguazú Falls, Argentina | Argentina, Sierra Watson | Scoop.it

Here is a short video that shows Iguazú Falls' beauty http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cnNC2XhsVQ0! There are more than 270 falls in an area where cliffs and islets are scattered in a half moon. Together with Nahuel Huapi National Park in Patagonia, it is one of the most frequented tourist sites. In guarani language, the term "Iguazú" means "great waters". It was discovered in 1541 by Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca and established in 1984 as Natural World Heritage Site.

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Interesting Facts About Argentina

Here are some cool facts that i thought were very interesting about Argentina!

1. Current President, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, was the first woman President to be elected in Argentina.

2. Argentina is the 30th largest country in the world by population, with just over 40 million people.

3. Argentina were one of the first countries to have radio broadcasting. The first broadcast was made on the 27th of August, 1920. Only twenty people had a receiver at the time!

4. The Teatro Colón, located in Buenos Aires is one of the great opera houses in the world.

5. Argentina loves movies! They have one of the highest rates of movie watching in the world. They enjoy watching both locally made movies and Hollywood movies.

6. The Argentine government has estimated that 750,000 people living in Argentina are illegal immigrants.

7. Crocodiles live in Argentina.

8. The hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in South America have occurred in Argentina.

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Argentina's Tourist Attractions

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Here is a video that briefly shows 5 major tourist attractions of Argentina http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-PJQ5GAFB4.&nbsp.

Here is Top Nine:

1.The Ibera Wetlands are the second-largest wetlands in world after the Pantanal in Brazil. (picture above)

2.On the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia is commonly regarded as the southernmost city in the world. 

3.The Mendoza wine region is considered the heart of the winemaking industry in Argentina.

4.Monte Fitz Roy is a 11,073 ft high mountain in the Southern Patagonian Ice Field on the border between Argentina and Chile.

5.The Beagle Channel is a strait in the Tierra del Fuego Archipelago, in the extreme south of Argentina.

6.Valdes Peninsula is an important nature reserve noted for its unique fauna and geology.

7.La Boca is a working class district of Buenos Aires.

8.San Carlos de Bariloche is a city on the foothills of the Andes known for its Swiss-like atmosphere and its chocolate shops.

9.The Perito Moreno Glacier is an enormous glacier located in the Los Glaciares National Park. 

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Argentina's May Revolution Hoilday

Argentina is celebrating 202nd anniversary of the May Revolution. President Cristina Fernandez led the celebrations and called the people to defend the interests of the nation in this video. May of 1810, word reached Buenos Aires that the King of Spain, Ferdinand VII, had been killed by Napoleon. The city formed its own ruling council, declaring itself independent until such a time as Ferdinand could reclaim the throne. Although initially an act of loyalty to the Spanish crown, the “May Revolution,” as it came to be known, was eventually a precursor to independence.The famous Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires is named in honor of these actions and is where President Cristina Fernandez in this video is giving the 202nd anniversary speech. This hoilday is not Argentina's indepence day but is celebrated about the same.

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Argentina'a Industries

Argentina'a Industries | Argentina, Sierra Watson | Scoop.it

Cordoba is Argentina's major industrial center. It is the center of metalworking for vehicle production. The major industries in Buenos Aires are food processing, motor vehicle production, consumer durables, textiles, chemical and petrochemicals, printing, metallurgy, and steel. packing and processessing foodstuffs is the oldest and most important  industry in Argentina. Portland cement is the country's leading construction material.

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Argentinian Food

Here is a video of Argentina's 'street foods' in Buenos Aires http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQoyTdWVS7k. Argentina produces and exports beef, grains, and wine. Argentina is known for there famous beef. The asado, a meal of grilled meat, is one of the most important culinary traditions in this country. Argentina's cuisine is influenced greatly by Europe and includes Spanish-style dishes, Italian pastas and pizzas, and French pastries.

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Argentina's Government

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Argentina's government is ruled by its 1853 constitution. The basic structure is federal/republican. In 1949, the Peron government adopted a new constitution, but the subsequent military govenment expunged that document. Some modifications in the orginal constitution were subsequently made by a constituent assembly that met in October of 1957. In July of 1962, a system of proportional representation was adopted.

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Currency & Exchange Rates

The Argentine Peso is the currency of Argentina. Argentina's currency rankings show that the most popular Argentina Peso exchange is the USD to ARS rate. The currency code for Pesos is ARS. The currency symbol is $. 1.00 ARS = 0.20730 USD.

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Argentina's Area

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Argentina is the seventh largest country in the world. its total area covers 3,745,247 sq km. Argentina still claims the Falklands territory and its surrounding isles, increasing the total area up to 3,761, 274 sq km. Its total boundary area reaches 9,376 km, with 5 neighboring counties. Argentina's territory is completely located on the Southern and Western hemispheres, forming the southern most portion of South America.

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Argentina's Flag

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Argentina's flag is a light blue and white triband with a yellow "Sun of May" in the center. This flag was adopted on February 12, 1812, four years before Argentina declared independence from Spain in 1816. The "Sun of May" design was added to the flag in 1818. The blue and white colors were chosen by Manuel Belgrano, the leader of the Argentinian revolution against Spain, and represent the blue sky parting to reveal white clouds, as is said to have happened when the Liberation demonstration began in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on May 25, 1810. Argentina's Flag Day is celebrated on 20th June, the anniversary of Belgrano's death.

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Argentina & Buenos Aires

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Second largest country in South America only to Brazil in size and population, Argentina is a plain, rising from the Atlantic to the Chilean border and the towering Andes peaks. Argentina is also bordered by Bolivia and Paraguay on the north, and by Uruguay and Brazil on the east. First explored in 1516 by Juan Diaz de Solis, Argentina developed slowly under Spanish colonial rule. Buenos Aires, the capital, was settled in 1580. Buenos Aires has a population of 12,988,000 making it the largest city in Argentina. 





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