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Varied Ecosystems of Peru and Ecuador’s Tumbes Region

3.5S 80.4W

November 9th, 2010 Category: Mountains, Rivers

Peru and Ecuador - August 27th, 2010

This APM image focuses on Tumbes, a coastal region in northwestern Peru and southwestern Ecuador. The Tumbes Region is bordered by the Ecuadorian provinces of El Oro and Loja on the east; Peru’s Piura Region on the south; and by the Pacific Ocean on the north and west.

Despite its small area, this region has a great variety of ecosystems. Morphologically, four zones can be defined in the region: the delta of the Tumbes and Zarumilla rivers; an alluvial plain north of the Tumbes River, with dry, low-depth ravines; ancient terraces that have been strongly eroded in the Máncora area; and the Amotape mountain range in the east and south, ending at El Barco Mountain. Many of the peaks of this range can be observed in lower part of the full image.

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