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This booklet describes the biodiversity and biogeography of nothern Mexico, files the organic significance of neighborhood ecosystems and the affects of human land use at the conservation prestige of vegetation and flora and fauna. it's going to turn into the normal resource rfile for the conservation prestige of species and ecosystems during this zone, that's of bizarre organic curiosity due to its excessive biodiversity and hugely diversified panorama and organic zonation.

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Northern Mexico’s temperature distribution map (modified from Vidal-Zepeda 1990a). 4. Northern Mexico’s aridity distribution map (modified from Hernandez 1990). 5. Northern Mexico’s rainfall distribution map (adapted from Vidal-Zepeda 1990b). 6. Northern Mexico’s climatic regions map (adapted from García 1990). mate description is based on García’s (1990) and Köppen-Trewartha’s (Trewartha 1968; adapted by García 1988) classifications. 1. Baja California Peninsula Morphotectonic Province Geographic Aspect Physical Setting: Northern Mexico’s Morphotectonic Provinces Northern Mexico has 7 morphotectonic provinces: (1) Baja California Peninsula, (2) Northwestern Plains and Sierras, (3) Sierra Madre Occidental, (4) Chihuahua-Coahuila Plateaus and Ranges, (5) Sierra Madre Oriental, (6) Gulf Coastal Plain, and (7) Central Plateau.

Lakes are present only at and near the mouth of the Río Pánuco; they include Laguna de la Culebra, Laguna de la Tortuga, and Laguna de Altamira in southern Tamaulipas, and Laguna del Pueblo Viejo in northern Veracruz. The Gulf Coastal Plain littoral is affected by prograding fluvial sedimentation related to the development of offshore islands, lagoons, and estuaries. The flats are the dominant geomorph and include floodplains, alluvial fans, marine terraces, and beach lands (both sandy and muddy).

1981, 1994; Miller and Carranza-Castañeda 1984, 2002; Carranza-Castañeda and Miller 2002). 3 ma old; Kowallis et al. 1998). These ages indicate an earlier date for the beginning of the Great American Faunal Interchange (GAFI) than usually thought. However, the presence of large North American mammals in the Amazonian Peru, dated about 9 ma, indicates even a far earlier date for this event (Campbell et al. 2000; FerrusquíaVillafranca 2003). Aguascalientes and San Luis Potosí also carry large Pleistocene vertebrate assemblages (fig.

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