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Sky Islands
2009-07-04 14:40:55

Sky Islands are mountains located within ranges that are isolated by valleys in which other ecosystems are located. As a result, mountain ecosystems are isolated from each other, and species can develop separately, as occurs on island groups such as the Galápagos Islands. The best known example of sky islands are the northern end of the Sierra Madre Occidental in New Mexico, Arizona,...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'