Agreste

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Agreste
Pedra do Cordeiro in the Agreste
Pedra do Cordeiro in the Agreste
The Subregions of Northeast Brazil1 • Meio-norte, 2 • Sertão, 3 • Agreste, 4 • Zona da Mata
The Subregions of Northeast Brazil
1 Meio-norte, 2 Sertão, 3 Agreste, 4 Zona da Mata
Country Brazil

The agreste (Portuguese pronunciation: [aˈɡɾɛʃtʃi]) is a narrow zone of Brazil in the states of Paraíba, Pernambuco, Alagoas, Sergipe and Bahia between the coastal forest zona da mata and the semiarid sertão. The agreste actually fades out before Rio Grande do Norte is reached owing to the breakdown of the mountain chain that gives the coastal Atlantic forest zone high rainfall.

Most of the agreste is hilly, with the hills becoming higher in the south, except near the narrow valley of the São Francisco River. Land use is predominantly mixed farming, with fruits such as melons especially important. Like the sertão, the agreste is frequently affected by drought, though generally the effects are less severe.

Climate[edit]

The climate is hot and sub-humid, with rainfall in the area's principal city of Campina Grande averaging about 700 millimetres per year - ranging from less than 10 millimetres in October and November to about 120 millimetres in May and June.

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wernstadt, Frederick L. ; World Climatic Data; published 1972 by Climatic Data Press; p. 99.
  2. ^ Wernstadt, Frederick L. ; World Climatic Data; published 1972 by Climatic Data Press; p. 100.