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Cordillera Central


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • The central of three ranges of the Andes in western Colombia.
  • A mountain range of central Dominican Republic.
  • A range of the Andes extending northwest and southeast in north-central Peru.
  • A mountain range of northern Luzon, Philippines.
  • A mountain range of south-central Puerto Rico.


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  • Lima, the world's second-largest desert city, is almost totally dependent on Andean rivers from the Cordillera Central, where some mountains have lost more than 60 percent of their glaciers in the last 40 years.

    Glacier melt in Peru becomes more than a climate issue

  • Because of the archipelago-like distribution of these montane patches along the Cordillera Central, beta-diversity is high between mountains and ranges, as well as along an elevational gradient.

    Talamancan montane forests

  • These montane forests are restricted to the Luquillo Mountains and the higher peaks of the Cordillera Central, the wettest regions in Puerto Rico.

    Puerto Rico

  • On the Nicoya Peninsula and along the slopes of the Cordillera Central, small aggregates of "very humid tropical forest" life zones were lumped for broader scale coverage.

    Costa Rican seasonal moist forests

  • The Cordillera Central is peculiar in its numerous branches which are often more intricate in their ramifications and comprise loftier peaks than the parent range.

    Santo Domingo A Country with a Future

  • The fourth principal mountain range of the Republic, the Neiba Range, is sometimes classed as a part of the Cordillera Central.

    Santo Domingo A Country with a Future

  • Diocese of Pasto, along the Rivers Patía and Juanambú, and on the east, the Diocese of Garzón, along the Cordillera Central.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Bontoc culture extends to the watershed of the Cordillera Central, which turns westward the various affluents of the Rio del Abra.

    The Bontoc Igorot

  • Cordillera Central in June and lasting well through October, even the natives hesitate often for a week at a time to cross them.

    The Bontoc Igorot

  • The Cordillera Central is as fair and about as varied

    The Bontoc Igorot


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