dry forest

dry forest

[¦drī ′fär·əst]
(forestry)
A type of forest characterized by relatively sparse distributions of pine, juniper, oak, olive, acacia, mesquite, and other drought-resistant species growing in scrub woodland, savanna, or chaparral settings, occurs in the southwestern United States, Mediterranean region, sub-Saharan Africa, and semiarid regions of Mexico, India, and Central and South America.
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, 2005, The utility of spectral indices from Landsat ETM+ for measuring structure and composition of tropical dry forest. Biotropica, v.
1 assessed the trade-offs between timber production and fire susceptibility in a seasonally dry forest in lowland Bolivia subjected to four silvicultural treatments of increasing intensity aimed at achieving sustained timber yields (STY).
The remaining tropical dry forest in Central America probably represents less than 2% of the original (Sabogal & Valerio 1998).
Firefighters were still battling yesterday to bring spot fires in Oregon under control after a lightning strike last Sunday sparked a blaze that spread across thousands of acres of dry forest.
"There is this romanticized view of rain forests, yet the tropical dry forest is being forgotten even though the most fertile soils are there," says Tropi-Dry's director, Arturo Sanchez-Azofeifa of the University of Alberta.
If you need to catch your breath during the day, you can choose among many activities for ecotourism, such as: Cerro Blanco tropical dry forest, Puerto Hondo mangroves, or a visit to the Botanical Garden with its exotic orchids, one of which is named after the city.
Fortunately, maintenance had removed all dead growth around the cabins, and the grass around the buildings was green from watering -- in spite of the dry forest conditions.
Six tropical dry forest tree species (four with pulvinii and two without) were studied at the Area de Conservacion Guanacaste in Costa Rica to determine the role of the pulvinus organ in heat retention and herbivory.
This monsoon forest, normally referred to as "dry forest" by ecologists working in the region, survives as patches among croplands, burned rangelands and some areas of rainforest.
Tropical dry forest, characterized by Dan Janzen as the "most endangered tropical ecosystem," once covered vast tracts of the earth, but now occupies only a very small fraction of its original area.