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By Nalini M. Nadkarni, Nathaniel T. Wheelwright

The Monteverde Cloud wooded area Reserve has captured the global recognition of biologists, conservationists, and ecologists and has been the atmosphere for vast research during the last 30 years. approximately 40,000 ecotourists stopover at the Cloud woodland every year, and it's always thought of the archetypal high-altitude rainforest. This quantity brings jointly probably the most trendy researchers of the area to supply a huge creation to the biology of the Monteverde and cloud forests commonly. amassing and synthesizing very important information regarding the surroundings and its biota, the booklet additionally examines the optimistic and unwanted effects of human job on either the wooded area and the encircling groups. Ecologists, tropical biologists, and normal historians will locate this quantity an essential source, as will all those who find themselves thinking about the marvelous tropical forests.

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Aranjuez watersheds. , Cerro la Mesa), the Quaternary, the age of the Monteverde Formation. , Monteverde-Cerro Piano-Santa Erosion has dramatically influenced the modern Elena) present areas of conspicuously lower relief, landscape of the Cordillera. The Caribbean slope of well dissected into small primary watersheds. Waterthe Cordillera is drained by tributaries of the Rio San sheds 10 ha in area along the Brillante trail, for exCarlos. Rio Penas Blancas, the largest stream of the ample, are drained by permanent*streams.

J. O. Juvik, and F. N. Scatena, editors. 1993. Tropical montane cloud forests. East-West Center, Honolulu. Holdridge, L. R. 1967. Life zone ecology. Tropical Science Center, San Jose, Costa Rica. 13 Introduction This page intentionally left blank 2 The Physical Environment Kenneth L. Clark Robert O. Lawton Paul R. Butler Because biological diversity is directly related to diversity of the physical environment, a clear picture of the physical setting of the Cordillera is crucial to understand its ecology and conservation.

The spatial patterns of landslides in the physical environment are important to forest structure, particularly on the Caribbean slope where the abundance of landslides can be seen from the Ventana pass in the MCFP. The many small slumps (3-5 m across) that typically involve rotational failure of creek banks do not appear to influence forest structure, although they contribute to the fluvial sediment load. In contrast, The Physical Environment the larger slides that are conspicuous on quebrada walls and the flanks of ridges produce one of the major vegetation patterns in the Cordillera, which is a mosaic of forests of various ages.

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