Maquis shrubland

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Low Maquis in Corsica
High macchia in Sardinia

Maquis (French) or macchia (Italian: macchia mediterranea) is a shrubland biome in the Mediterranean region, typically consisting of densely growing evergreen shrubs due to a history of long term deforestation, pastoral land use, overgrazing, man-driven erosion, poor soil management, and land degradation. Further degradation of the maquis or macchia results in the less dense vegetation of a garrigue.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

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