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Elevation mitigates the climatic effects of Central America’s tropical latitude so that average temperatures in the highlands are much lower than those in the coastal lowlands.Rainfall occurs primarily during the summer and is heaviest between May and November. In general, the Caribbean side receives about twice as much rain as the Pacific region. Tropical rainforests occupy the eastern lowlands, while evergreen forests clothe the lower slopes along the Pacific coast, and pine and oak forests grow at somewhat higher elevations.Roman Catholicism is the professed religion of four out of five Central Americans; almost all others adhere to various Protestant faiths.In the more remote areas (principally inhabited by Indians), traditional religious practices and Roman Catholicism coexist.Cotton, sugar, and beef were exported in increasing amounts after World War II.Corn (maize), beans, and squash traditionally have been grown as staple foods.
Some of Central America’s volcanoes erupt violently from time to time, and earthquakes frequently occur in the region.The Central American forests are relatively sparsely populated with mammals, generously populated with reptiles, and extremely rich in birds and insects.Monkeys, tree frogs, iguanas, and snakes are abundant.Humid swamps and lowlands extend along both the west and east coasts, but four-fifths of Central America is either hilly or mountainous.The western band of Pacific coastal lowland is narrow and overshadowed by mountain ranges, and, except in Nicaragua and Honduras, the eastern plains along the Caribbean are also narrow.