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The whole area, which amounts to some square miles, is well watered by the upper Orinoco and the Ventuari, with the other great tributaries, the Cuchivero, Caura, Aro, Caroni, and their affluents. Large as these rivers are, they are so broken by rapids that travel along them is only possible for much of their length in small portable craft, and even then the passage is fraught with danger. Save for the districts in the immediate neighbourhood of the Orinoco, and scattered areas elsewhere, the whole (region is thickly covered with forests of valuable timber, containing rubber, tonka-beans, brazil-nuts, copaiba) and all the varied natural produce of the South American tropics.
The great plains or Llanos of the Orinoco extend from the banks of the Meta in a broad arc parallel to the course of the Orinoco along its left bank. Westward they are bounded by the Cordillera of Merida, and northward by the Cordillera of Caracas and the hills of Sucre, but between these ranges, at Barcelona, they virtually reach the sea for a short distance. To the east they merge into the low lying tract of the Orinoco Delta. The total area of the Llanos proper is in the neighbourhood of square miles, so that we have in these two thinly populated tracts about 80 per cent. Of the territory of the republic.
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