Tierra caliente

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This article is about the climate-related term. For the region in Mexico, see Tierra Caliente (Mexico). For the music genre, see Tierra Caliente music.

Tierra caliente is a pseudo-climatological term used in Latin America to refer to those places within that realm which have a distinctly tropical climate. The tierra caliente forms at Sea Level from 0-3,000 feet.[1][2][3][4] The Peruvian geographer Javier Pulgar Vidal used the altitude of 1,000 m as the border between the Tropical Rain forest and the Subtropical Cloud forest (Yunga fluvial).[5]

Most locations within this zone are situated along coastal plains, but some interior basin regions also fit into the category. Here agriculture is dominated by the cultivation of crops with strong tropical associations, such as bananas and sugar cane.

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  1. ^ Brigitta Schütt (2005); Azonale Böden und Hochgebirgsböden
  2. ^ Zech, W. and Hintermaier-Erhard, G. (2002); Böden der Welt – Ein Bildatlas, Heidelberg, p. 98.
  3. ^ Christopher Salter, Joseph Hobbs, Jesse Wheeler and J. Trenton Kostbade (2005); Essentials of World Regional Geography 2nd Edition. NY: Harcourt Brace. p.464-465.
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  5. ^ Pulgar Vidal, Javier: Geografía del Perú; Las Ocho Regiones Naturales del Perú. Edit. Universo S.A., Lima 1979. First Edition (his dissertation of 1940): Las ocho regiones naturales del Perú, Boletín del Museo de historia natural "Javier Prado", n° especial, Lima, 1941, 17, pp. 145-161.