Argentine Monte Ecoregion (Argentina)

Argentine Monte Ecoregion (Argentina)

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The Argentine Monte, or Low Monte, is an ecoregion of dry thorn scrub and grasslands in Argentina. It is one of the driest regions in the country. Human settlements are mainly near water supplies such as rivers or oases.

The Argentine Monte, or Low Monte, is an ecoregion of dry thorn scrub and grasslands in Argentina. It is one of the driest regions in the country. Human settlements are mainly near water supplies such as rivers or oases.

The Argentine Monte is in north-central Argentina, and has an area of 40,895,912 hectares (101,056,000 acres). It is to the east of the Andes and extends from Salta Province in the north to Chubut Province in the south. It covers the eastern foothills of the Andes.

The ecoregion merges into the Patagonian steppe in the south, where it extends east to the Atlantic Ocean. In the north it lies between areas of Dry Chaco and Southern Andean Yungas to the east, and Central Andean dry puna and Southern Andean steppe to the west. In south it lies between Espinal to the east and Patagonian steppe to the west.

The ecoregion is by far the driest part of Argentina. The Argentine Monte is in the neotropical realm, in the temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands biome.