The Altiplano, also called Puna, is a region in west-central South America in the area where the Andes are the widest. It is the most extensive area of high plateau on Earth outside Tibet. The bulk of the Altiplano lies in Bolivia but its northern parts lie in Peru and its southern parts lie in Chile and Argentina.
Los Petenes-Ría Celestún and Petenes Mangrove Ecoregion (Central/North America)
Wed, 04/03/2019 - 21:27
The Los Petenes-Ría Celestún and& Petenes mangrove ecoregion forms a coastal corridor of wetlands in excellent state of preservation. This system forms a unique biogeographical area in Mexico, of great ecological value for its large faunistic and floristic diversity, including the unique Peten mangrove.
The Ría Celestún Biosphere Reserve is located in the northwest part of the Yucatán Península, in a coastal strip that includes the limits of the Campeche and Yucatán States. It encompasses coastal areas of the Gulf of Mexico and includes important Ramsar-designated wetlands,
The Lagunas de Montebello National Park and Biosphere Reserve is located in the Sierra Madre de Chiapas physiographic province, near the border with Guatemala. Comprising 59 multi-colored lakes in a pine forest along with two Maya ruins, it was the first national park in Chiapas when created in 1959.
The Tehuacán-Cuicatlán Biosphere Reserve is located in rugged terrain set amid a complex system of mountain ranges and valleys within the Sierra Madre del Sur. Due to its endemic species, endangered species and its rare floristic species, the site is an IUCN world biodiversity hotspot.
The Venezuelan Andes Montane Forests ecoregion is located in the northern arm of the Andes. Surrounded by xeric valleys and páramo, the richness of species and large number of endemic species make this ecoregion one of the most interesting areas of Venezuela in terms of biodiversity.
Yucatán Dry Forests Ecoregion (Mexico)
Mon, 04/01/2019 - 16:57
The Yucatán Dry Forests ecoregion is located on the northwest section of the Yucatán Peninsula. This ecoregion is flat with vegetation consisting of thorn scrub and cacti and, isolated from other dry forests by the sea, constitute a unique island of vegetation in the Gulf of Mexico region.
Yucatán Moist Forests Ecoregion (Central/North America)
Mon, 04/01/2019 - 16:55
The Yucatán moist forests are an ecoregion of the Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests Biome. These moist forests on the Yucatán Peninsula of southeastern Mexico, and slightly beyond, are characterized by a tropical humid climate with little topographic relief.
The Yucatán Peninsula is the exposed portion of the larger Yucatán Platform and lies between the Gulf of Mexico to the west and north, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. It includes the Mexican states of Campeche, Quintana Roo, and Yucatán and, in the south, large parts of Belize and Guatemala.
The Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System is a marine region, underwater ecosystem and geological structure that stretches from the Yucatán Peninsula down to Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. Dazzling arrays of coral form this underwater wilderness providing homes and food to hundreds of species.