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A sparse, stunted forest in areas of little rainfall in northeastern Brazil; trees are leafless in the dry season.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



a tropical deciduous vegetation growing sparselyin the forests of northeastern Brazil. The constant arid conditions, interrupted by short rains, favor mainly the growth ofscrubs, medium-height trees, and shrubs. The caatinga is charac-terized by bottle trees, thorny trees, and leaf succulents (sunspurges and cacti) and cauline succulents.

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The dm 1 occurs in the Pampas and Atlantic Forest biomes (South region; H1 and H2), dm 2 in the Caatinga and Atlantic Forest biomes (Northeast region; H3-H8) and dm 5 Cerrado, Caatinga, Atlantic Forest and ecotones (Southeast regions; H16-H19).
For SOC stocks, the area of Caatinga (native vegetation) on Farm I presented a total stock (i.e.
Dessa forma, a fim de amenizar o passivo ambiental provocado pelo desmatamento nos biomas, incluindo o dominio fitogeografico Caatinga, criou-se uma alternativa de exploracao florestal por meio do manejo florestal.
Land cover changes in the Brazilian Cerrado and Caatinga biomes from 1990 to 2010 based on a systematic remote sensing sampling approach.
A vegetacao da Caatinga, conforme o Ministerio do Meio Ambiente (2010), desempenha um papel importante na agropecuaria tradicional como restaurador da fertilidade de solo e como suporte forrageiro para a criacao extensiva de ovinos, bovinos e caprinos, fato que explica a estreita relacao existente entre os produtores rurais dos assentamentos e o seu ambiente.
1): four sites in the Grande River sub-basin (Cerrado); nine sites in the Corrente River sub-basin (Cerrado); and four sites in the Ras River sub-basin (Caatinga).
Caatinga vegetation is classified as steppe savannah (bush and dense), with species of genera Spondias, Mimosa and Aspidosperma, and is atypical vegetation type in the semi-arid region of Brazil.
Os tipos de fitofisionomia presentes na area sao: Floresta Caducifolia Espinhosa, Caatinga arbustiva aberta, Carrasco e Floresta Subcaducifolia Tropical Pluvial (Lemos e Meguro, 2010).
In the present study, we report phoresy of the Chernetid pseudoscorpion Sphenochernes camponoti (Beier, 1970) on flies in the Caatinga biome in Northeastern Brazil.