Humid Pampas Ecoregion (South America)

Humid Pampas Ecoregion (South America)

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The Humid Pampas occupy the plains in the east of Argentina and occupy one of the highest human-populated areas in Argentina, taking up most of the province of Buenos Aires. Horizontal plains and very soft undulations with low peaks that emerge like islands characterize the relief of this area.

The Humid Pampas occupy the plains in the east of Argentina and occupy one of the highest human-populated areas in Argentina, taking up most of the province of Buenos Aires. The Semiarid Pampas ecoregion lies to the west of this region.

Part of the larger Pampas (Las Pampas) lowland plains region, horizontal plains and very soft undulations with low peaks that emerge like islands characterize the relief of this area. There are a few slow moving, undulating rivers and many lagoons with fresh and salt water.

The natural vegetation in the area is composed of grasslands and xeric woodland. There are various endemic animals that are threatened by habitat destruction and degradation.

The ecoregion is considered endangered and is regarded as a high priority conservation area at the regional scale. Little is left of the natural habitat in the Humid Pampas. This is one of the most heavily populated areas of Argentina that has been extensively used for agriculture and cattle grazing.

The climate is hot with rain throughout the year. The climatic conditions, combined with the geochemical characteristics of the sedimentary materials and the vegetative cycles of the pasture like grasslands, have favored the development of soils with high organic and nutrient content. These characteristics make the soil excellent for vegetative growth.