The Karoo in South Africa

  • Heinrich Walter
  • Siegmar-W. Breckle


The word “karoo” means in the Nama language “dry area”. The Karoo encompasses all the arid areas (zonobiome III) which are south of the Orange River and border on Namaqualand (Fig. 3.81). The chief difference between the Namib and the Karoo lies in the seasonal distribution of the sparse annual rainfall: in the Namib it falls mainly in the summer, in Namaqualand mostly in the winter months and in spring and autumn in the Karoo; in the latter case there are two rainy seasons.


Clay Quartz Sorb Salix Perennial Grass 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Heinrich Walter
    • 1
  • Siegmar-W. Breckle
    • 2
  1. 1.Universität HohenheimStuttgart 70Germany
  2. 2.Universität BielefeldBielefeld 1Germany

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