Physicogeographical Province

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Province, Physicogeographical


a taxonomic unit of physical geographic zonation. A physicogeographical province is usually identified within a physical geographic zone by morphostructural characteristics (lowlands and uplands in the middle of platform plains, isolated mountain masses) and provincial climatic features (moisture, degree of continentality). It encompasses landscapes within a physicogeographical region that belong to a single zonal type and are close in age and origin. In highlands, physicogeographical provinces are identified within regions by the prevalence of a particular type of altitudi-nal zonality.

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