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The Republic of Colombia is the fourth largest country in South America It is located at the north-western tip of the continent Its neighbors are Brazil and Venezuela to the east Panama to the north-west and Ecuador and Peru to the south Colombia is the only South American country thats coast is on the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea There are eight islands under Colombian rule and they are San Andres Providencia San Bernado Islas del Rosario Isla Fuerte Gorgona Gorgonilla and Malpelo Colombias terrain is about 45 mountainous The major mountain chain is the Andes which is the longest and second highest mountain chain in the world The are three mountain ranges in Colombia that form the Andes These are known as Cordilleras which means range The Cordillera Occidental is 680 miles long and is about 6500 ft high This range is on the western area that stretches from the equator to the Caribbean Sea The Cordillera Oriental is the longest range at 750 miles long and 8530 ft high and it cuts from northern Colombia to southern Colombia The Cordillera Central is located in the center of the country and is 689 miles long and 10827 ft high making it the highest cordillera The highest mountain point in Colombia is the Sierra Nevada at 19055 ft high There are lots of volcanoes in Colombia The Cumbal is 17500 ft high the Chiles is 16900 ft high the Purace is 17060 ft high and the Pan de Azucar is 16840 ft high The eastern region of Colombia is a grassy lowland 16 of Colombia is uninhabited glacier land and 15 is high plateau Colombia has many rivers The most important river is the Magdalena which is 965 miles long and flows north to the Caribbean Sea Others are the Meta the Amazon the Guaviare and the Putamayo There arent many lakes in Colombia The largest lake in Colombia is Lake Cocha and is
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