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llanos (yäˈnōs), Spanish-American term for prairies, specifically those of the Orinoco River basin of N South America, in Venezuela and E Colombia. The llanos of the Orinoco are a vast, hot region of rolling savanna broken by low-lying mesas, scrub forest, and scattered palms. Elevation above sea level never reaches more than a few hundred feet. During the dry season (November to April) the land is sear, the grass brown, brittle, and inedible; during the rainy season much of the area is inundated. The region is subject to insect plagues. The sparsely populated llanos support a pastoral economy; cattle raising is dominant. With flood control and water storage projects in the region, sections of the llanos have been turned into fertile agricultural land. Oil has been found there. Ciudad Bolívar and San Fernando de Apure are the chief cities of the region. The llanero, an expert horseman comparable to the gaucho of the Argentine pampas, is of mixed Spanish, indigenous, and black African stock. The llanero has played an important role in Venezuelan history as an ardent henchman of successive revolutionary caudillos, notably José Antonio Páez.
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(1) The name of some plains areas in regions of Spanish colonization, such as Llano Estacado in the USA and Llanos del Orinoco and Llanos de Mojos in South America.

(2) A type of savanna, mainly of high grass, in the Orinoco plains. The grass is dense, and there are individual trees or groups of trees (usually the Mauritia palm). There are fringing forests along the rivers. The name “llano” is sometimes also used in referring to other herbaceous (grassy) formations in South America.

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Project to construct flowline to connect the Llanos 34 block to nearby regional pipeline underway
'The food is abundant so that is not our main worry,' Llanos said after seeing the evacuation center in Buru-un village here.
Following completion of the testing of the Jacana five well, the drilling rig will move north-east along the trend to the Tigana field, followed by other locations, to continue the programme of five more wells in the Llanos 34 Block before the end of the year, concluded the company.
"I like to kick off my season with the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon as it is arguably the most picturesque triathlon course in the world," said Llanos. "Narrowly missing out on the top spot last year has made me all the more determined to go for gold at the season opener."
Segun Llanos, estas fueron cuatro: las dos primeras abordan el periodo entre 1900-1960 y las siguientes entre 1960-2005.
According to El Tiempo, Llanos, whose real name is Hector Buitrago, was arrested only hours after Venezuelan authorities announced the arrest of the former AUC commander''s younger brother, alias "Caballo.
For a very safe and easily accessible area of South America to wet a line, the Llanos area of Colombia is one all traveling anglers should consider.
Por otra parte, estos estados del ser humano (estas palmas), se enmarcan en la belleza de los llanos orientales colombianos y en la biodiversidad que posee nuestro pais.
At Block 36, Llanos (Colombia), Quetzal started the acquisition of a 110sq km 3D seismic survey, on January 8, 2011.