What Are the Three Major Landforms in Central America?

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Each of the countries in Central America has various landforms, but many share volcanoes, beaches and plateaus. A plateau is a plate, or a level parcel of land, that sits on higher ground such as a mountain. They are home to many of Central America's people.

Central America is surrounded by water. There are no countries within this strip of land between Mexico and South America that is completely landlocked. The beaches stretch for miles, and some countries, such as Belize, enjoy a cruise industry that helps the local economies. The volcanoes erupt from time to time but are mostly dormant.