Mesoscale: Landform Differentiation (Landscape Mosaics)



Macroclimate accounts for the largest share of systematic environmental variation at the macroscale or regional level. Within the same macroclimate, broad-scale landforms break up the east–west climatic pattern that would occur otherwise and provide a basis for further differentiation of ecosystems—the landscape mosaics mentioned earlier. The character of a landscape mosaic with identical geology will vary by the climatic zone. For example, vertical limestone would form quite different landscapes in a subarctic climate than in a hot and arid climate.


Landscape Mosaic Landform Unit Crystalline Shield Northeast Flank Major Landform 
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  1. 1.Rocky Mountain Research StationUSDA Forest ServiceFort CollinsUSA

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