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Pacific/Chocó natural region

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The Pacific/Chocó natural region is one of the five major natural regions of Colombia. Ecologically, this region belongs entirely to the Chocó Biogeographic Region and is considered a biodiversity hotspot. It also has areas with the highest rainfall in the world, with areas near Quibdo, Chocó reaching up to 13,000 mm (510 in) annually.[1]

Pacific/Chocó region
Mapa de Colombia (región del Pacífico).svg
Ecology
RealmNeotropic
BiomeMarine, Rainforest
Geography
Country Colombia
Oceans or seasPacific Ocean
RiversAtrato, San Juan, Patía
Climate typeTropical
Conservation
Global 200Chocó Biogeographic

Biogeographical subregionsEdit

The Pacific region is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the West Andes to the east. To the north is the Darién Gap and the Serranía del Darién at the border with Panamá. The area is mostly flat and covered by dense rainforest, rivers, swamps, and mangroves. The Baudó Mountains are a small, isolated range in this area along the coast. Gorgona Island is located off the southwest coast.

Politically, the region is within the following Colombian departments: Chocó, Valle del Cauca, Cauca and Nariño.

RiversEdit

From north to south the main rivers are the Atrato, San Juan, Dagua, Anchicayá, Sanquianga.

BiodiversityEdit

This region has the distinction of being one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet.[2]

Protected areasEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Wettest Places in the World".
  2. ^ "Protecting the rainforests of Central America".