Mediterranean High Atlas juniper steppe

WWF Abstract

The High Atlas Mountains stretch across central Morocco, rising to 13,671 feet (4,100 m) at Toubkal summit, its highest point. Along the slopes of this range lies the Mediterranean High Atlas Juniper Steppe ecoregion. Moist air from the Atlantic Ocean blows east across this region during the winter, bringing with it most of the rain that falls here annually. The south-facing slopes of this mountain range are more arid, and therefore less wooded, than the northern slopes. At the tops of north-facing slopes, above 12,000 feet (3,600), where the dry, hot winds fail to reach, snow remains for more than seven months of the year. This complex topography and varied climate define a region that is the most species-rich of any area in the entire Mediterranean region of Africa.
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Ecozone:Palearctic
Biome:Montane Grasslands and Shrublands
Countries:Morocco
Area:1,536,000 acres (621,597 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
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Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder