PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY OF TROPICAL LATIN AMERICA: THE SPATIAL AND TEMPORAL HETEROGENEITY OF ENVIRONMENTS

Karl S. Zimmerer, Robert P. Langstroth

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Abstract

For the past 40 years, studies of physical geography in tropical Latin America have concentrated on the spatial and temporal diversity of biophysical environments and biota. Environmental heterogeneity arises from historical and present‐day interaction between climatic, geomorphologic, edaphic, and biogeographic systems. Recent research emphasizes three major themes involving these systems: Quaternary climate change; human‐altered biophysical environments; and geomorphologic activity. Findings on these themes are evaluated with respect to the tropical highlands, the tropical lowlands and related extra‐tropical areas. Research on physical geography in Latin America promises numerous contributions toward a better understanding of environmental conservation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-172
Number of pages16
JournalSingapore Journal of Tropical Geography
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1994

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physical geography
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  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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In: Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, Vol. 14, No. 2, 12.1994, p. 157-172.

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