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Climate and Topography

Grady L. Webster and Robert M. Rhode

in Plant Diversity of an Andean Cloud Forest

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2001 | ISBN: 9780520098305
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520915930 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520098305.003.0002
Climate and Topography

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This chapter discusses the climate and topography of the Maquipucuna region. The climate of the region is equatorial and wet, with an annual rainfall of 3,230mm at an elevation of 1,630m. Because of the considerable elevational range in the reserve, the mean annual temperature varies from about 18° C near 1,200m to c. 10°C near the top of Cerro Montecristi. The topography of the Cerro Sosa, which occupies most of the reserve, is steep and dissected, although the main ridge slopes more gradually from the northwestern end at c. 1,700m elevation to the southeastern end in the vicinity of Cerro Montecristi (nearly 2,800 m).

Keywords: climate; topography; Maquipucuna region; rainfall; temperature; Cerro Sosa; Cerro Montecristi

Chapter.  449 words. 

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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