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Mindoro

(mĭndô`rō), island (1990 pop. 832,642), 3,759 sq mi (9,736 sq km), 7th largest of the Philippines, SW of Luzon. Its mountainous interior rises to c.8,500 ft (2,590 m) at Mt. Halcon. What little arable land there is on the island is devoted largely to subsistence farming. Coal is mined, and lumbering is an important industry. Puerto Gabera is a well-known beach area.

Mindoro

 

an island in the Philippines. Area, 9,800 sq km. It has a mountainous terrain, and the highest massifs are Mount Halcon (2,582 m) in the northwest and Mount Baco (2,488 m) in the central part. The mountains are composed of granite, diorite, schist, and sedimentary rock. A hilly plain extends along the coast.

The climate is subequatorial and monsoonal. In the east rainfall is even throughout the year, but in the west there is a dry season in winter and spring. Damp tropical and monsoonal forests are found on the slopes, and mangrove forests grow in places along the coast. The coastal plain is tilled (rice, sugarcane, and coconut palms). Fishing and gold mining are also important. The principal cities are Calapan and Mamburao.

Mindoro

a mountainous island in the central Philippines, south of Luzon. Pop.: 912 000 (1995 est.). Area: 9736 sq. km (3759 sq. miles)