Colombia’s Riverine Welfare [sic]
By Vice Admiral Jamie Parra Ramirez, Colombian Navy, Commander of the Navy
Colombia is a land of sharp geographic and demographic contrasts. Three branches of the Andean ranges—with peaks averaging 10,500 feet in the western half of the country—cross the national territory in a south-north direction. Within the Andean ranges are the Magdalena, Cauca, Atrato, and San Juan Rivers, which form the fertile valleys that bear their names. The Andean region, one of the country’s five major geographic areas, has all kinds of climates and a great variety of products. Its economy centers around agriculture, livestock, industry, and trade. The major population centers and cities of Colombia are located in this region.