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A biological community, essentially a grassland, covering extensive high areas in equatorial mountains of the Western Hemisphere.
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high-mountain evergreen vegetation of the Equatorial Andes of Central and South America. Paramos are found at elevations from 3,000 to 4,500 m. They consist of sparse stands of low trees (2–5 m tall), chiefly pines and yuccas (mostly of the family Compositae). The herbaceous cover includes caespitose xerophyllic grasses with some pulvinate and rosette plants.

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El objetivo de este estudio es caracterizar la estructura y composicion poblacional de la vegetacion arborea, estimar el almacenamiento de carbono en biomasa aerea y el potencial de reduccion de emisiones por deforestacion en el paramo de Anaime, Tolima, Colombia.
Chapter 2, "Pedro Paramo," begins with a discussion of the central yet peripheral role of Juan Preciado as the novel's primary narrator.
Area de estudio: Se consideraron cinco areas de paramo del departamento de Antioquia, Colombia, ubicadas en las cordilleras Central y Occidental de los Andes.
It will be called Paramo and will be on Solihull High Street in what we believe was formerly a Shoe Zone shop.
Paramo looks set to offer Cheeky Mondays designed to make "Mondays less rubbish", when you can get a free drink or pudding with any special, main or burger purchased from 5pm.