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The Geography and Paleoecology of the Titicaca Basin

Charles Stanish

in Ancient Titicaca

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780520232457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928190 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520232457.003.0003
The Geography and Paleoecology of the Titicaca Basin

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This chapter describes the modern and prehistoric paleoecology and geography of the ancient Titicaca Basin. It explains that the Titicaca Basin is classified as an intertropical climatic zone, based on its geographical location and high solar radiation, but its high altitude and concomitant montane qualities alter its tropical character toward typical alpine conditions. It describes the soil type, vegetation, land use, and climate in the basin.

Keywords: Titicaca Basin; paleoecology; geography; intertropical climatic zone; alpine conditions

Chapter.  6571 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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