Geography: Natural Resources and/or Crops

Cuba is blessed by its rich land. It has concentrated mineral wealth in nickel, wood, and petroleum. In fact, Cuba has enough petroleum deposits in offshore wells that, once it develops the machinery to extract the oil, it can become self sufficient and will not need to import oil. Besides mineral wealth, Cuba also has a strong fishing industry that caters to the foreign markets [exports] and the tourist hotels in Cuba.

El maíz -- This corn field was photographed in mid-June, 2003. Why is the crop taller than the same crop in Indiana at the same time?

El café -- Cuban coffee is rich due to the mineral rich soil. Most Cuban coffee is grown in the eastern mountains, but this picture captures a plant in the west, in Pinar del Río.

El tabaco -- the harvested tobacco hangs in the drying houses for 45-60 days before the fermentation process. .

La caña de azúcar -- this sugar cane is ready for la zafra, or the cane harvest which can occur anytime between November and June.

The most important natural resource in Cuba is agriculture. Cuban farmers are able to cultivate a wide array of products, including rice, beans, and many others. Can you identify the products pictured here? They are items readily available in a common superstore:

El aguacate -- No, Cubans do not use this avocado in guacamole like the Mexicans do, but they do enjoy it in salads or alone, cooked or not.

El plátano/la banana -- Banana trees like this one produce a bright flower well before the bananas mature.

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