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To the east the weather is warm and humid.There, the Andes drop away through tropical rainforests to the Amazon Basin. In the well- watered river valleys farmers grow tropical crops such as coffee, cocoa, sugar-cane, pineapples, bananas and avocados. Coca, the plant from which the drug cocaine is made, is also grown. The country's forests supply large quantities of timber, such as mahogany and balsa wood, as well as rubber (which comes from tree sap) and brazil nuts. The bark of the chinchona yields quinine, which is used to treat malaria and is an ingredient of tonic water.In the southeast of Bolivia lies the Gran Chaco, a vast area of swamps, tangled scrub and dry grasslands where herds of cattle graze. The oil and natural gas found in this area are sent by pipeline to Argentina and Chile. Natural gas is one of Bolivia's most valuable exports. Since independence Bolivia has had a troubled history of war, unrest and military rule. It lost its only stretch of coast to Chile in the 1880's and a large part of the Gran Chaco region to Paraguay in the 1930's. Bolivia is unusual because over half of its people are Native Americans, mostly the Qurchua and Aymra.