Baoruco Mountain Range

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Hoyo de Pelempito, part of Sierra de Bahoruco

The Bahoruco Mountain RangeSierra de Bahoruco (or Sierra de Bahoruco) is a mountain range located in the far southwestern region of the Dominican Republic. It is within Pedernales, Independencia, Barahona, and Bahoruco Provinces.

The range is a continuation of the Massif de la Selle in Haiti.[1]

Part of the area is protected within the Sierra de Bahoruco National Park (Parque Nacional Sierra de Bahoruco), also a Biosphere reserve.

Etymology[edit]

Granberry and Vescelius (2004) suggest a Macoris etymology for the name Bahoruco, comparing it with baho-ro-eku 'within the jungle' in the purportedly related Warao language of the Orinoco Delta.[2]

Larimar[edit]

The Sierra de Bahoruco are noted for the blue colored concretions called larimar, which formed in the range's volcanic vesicles.

Larimar is the Dominican name for a mineral assemblage of acidic silicate hydrates of calcium and sodium. Larimar is a specific type of pectolite (occasionally as ratholite), a pyroxenoid mineral.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bulletin. U.S. Government Printing Office. 1948. p. 89.
  2. ^ Granberry, Julian, & Gary Vescelius (2004). Languages of the Pre-Columbian Antilles. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press. ISBN 0-8173-5123-X.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

Coordinates: 18°07′N 71°25′W / 18.117°N 71.417°W / 18.117; -71.417