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Ecological Zones of Corsica, France

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January 18th, 2010 Category: Snapshots

Corsica, France - January 3rd, 2010

Corsica, France - January 3rd, 2010

The island of Corsica, belonging to France, is divided into three major ecological zones by altitude. Below 2,000 feet (610 m) is the coastal zone, which features a Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. The natural vegetation is Mediterranean forests, woodlands, and shrubs. Much of the coastal lowlands have been cleared for agriculture, grazing and logging, which have reduced the forests considerably.

From 2,000 to 6,000 feet (610 to 1,800 m) is a temperate montane zone. The mountains are cooler and wetter, and home to the Corsican montane broadleaf and mixed forests ecoregion, which supports diverse forests of oak, pine, and broadleaf deciduous trees, with vegetation more typical of northern Europe. The population lives predominantly below 3,000 feet (910 m).

From 6,000 to 9,000 feet (1,800 to 2,700 m) is a high alpine zone. Vegetation is sparse, and this zone is uninhabited. In spite of the southern location, the highest elevations are snow-capped with small glaciers, as can be observed by the white-capped peaks here.

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