Serranía del Darién

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Serranía del Darién
Serranía del Darién is located in Colombia
Serranía del Darién
Serranía del Darién
Highest point
Peak Cerro Tacarcuna
Elevation 1,875 m (6,152 ft)
Coordinates 8°10′N 77°18′W / 8.167°N 77.300°W / 8.167; -77.300Coordinates: 8°10′N 77°18′W / 8.167°N 77.300°W / 8.167; -77.300
Dimensions
Length 35 km (22 mi)
Geography
Countries Colombia and Panama
Biome Rainforest

The Serranía del Darién is a small mountain range on the border between Colombia and Panamá in the area called the Darién Gap. It is located in the southeastern part of the Darién Province of Panamá and the northwestern part of the Chocó Department of Colombia. There are two major protected areas here: Darién National Park in Panamá and Los Katíos National Park in Colombia. Serranía del Darién range's average elevation above sea level is 437 metres (1,434 ft). These mountains have sparse settlements, with just two people living in every square kilometer. This dearth of human settlements is reflected in the fact that the nearest town with a population of 50,000 is over 12 hours by road.[1]

Geological hazards[edit]

The Serranía del Darién are notorious for strong earthquakes; on average earthquakes measuring between 6 and 7 occur here every 50 years. The area is also susceptible to floods and landslides, both of which have been classified as medium to high intensity hazards for the region.[1]

Climate[edit]

Serranía del Darién is a humid region. Its climate falls under the tropical monsoon type.[1]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Species that are endemic to the Serranía del Darién include the toad Rhinella acrolopha.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Serranía Del Darién". Chinci (2011). Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Frost, Darrel R. (2014). "Rhinella acrolopha (Trueb, 1971)". Amphibian Species of the World: an Online Reference. Version 6.0. American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved 8 January 2015.