Peak Forest Plain Landscape
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This is a landform that is formed by the combination of karst plains and karst forests, where clusters of rock peaks stand on a slightly undulating or flat plain in an orderly pattern. The rock peaks have steep slopes and look like towers. When the peaks are very sparse, this landform is called a Gufeng Plain, which literally means a plain with isolated peaks. China’s peak forest plain landform covers a total area of 12,600 km 2; 98% is in Guangxi Province, and the remainder is scattered around Lingling, Ningyuan and Jiangyong in Hunan Province and Duyun and Dusha in southern Guizhou Province. Its distribution is confined to 26–30°N latitude and elevations of 40–1,160 m. The relative heights are generally 100–200 m. The peak forest landform in the area from Guilin to Yangshuo is the world’s largest distribution on land, and it has high aesthetic value in terms of its typical nature and rarity. It is a unique landform type (Fig. 9).
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