Adventure Guide to the Dominican Republic by Fe Lisa Bencosme Clark Norton

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By Fe Lisa Bencosme Clark Norton

Путеводитель по Доминиканской Республике из серии Hunter go back and forth publications (на английском языке). В объемном издании представлена вся самая нужная, полезная и интересная информация об этом тропическом государстве. Здесь вы найдете сведения из истории страны, ее государственном устройстве, экономике, климате, флоре и фауне, культуре и обычаях. Большой раздел путеводителя посвящен информации практического характера: документам, необходимым для посещения Доминиканы, планированию поездки, вопросам размещения в отелях и общественного питания. В издании также представлены подробные сведения о столице страны - Санто Доминго и различных регионах государства, краткий англо-испанский разговорник и географические карты.

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Coral reefs are found in shallow, tropical waters, such as those surrounding the Dominican Republic. Of the three types of reefs worldwide, two are found off the DR: fringing reefs and barrier (or bank) reefs. Fringing reefs, familiar to snorkelers, start at the mainland and are often visible at low tide just offshore. Barrier or bank reefs are shallow areas farther out to sea that are separated from shore by wide lagoons, and require boats to reach. These are generally richer in marine life, especially since many of the fringing reefs in the DR have been damaged by pollution and careless boating and fishing practices.

Ethnically, 16% of the country’s population is classified as white, 11% black, and 73% of mixed race. 16 n Geography Diverse Terrain n 17 The Mountains About four-fifths of the country is mountainous. The DR’s four highest mountain ranges dominate the western part of the country, running roughly parallel to each other from northwest to southeast. The most northerly is the Cordillera Septentrional (Northern Range), which stretches from Montecristi in the far northwestern corner of the DR to the lowlands west of the Samaná Peninsula in the northeast.

Two endemic mammals, solenodons and hutias – both endangered or facing extinction – also occupy the swamps. Many of the coastal caves and grottoes have Taino pictographs etched on the walls, produced before the arrival of Columbus. See Samaná Peninsula, page 204, for details. Parque Nacional Montecristi This mostly dry, hot park is wedged between two bays in the far northwestern corner of the country just off the Haitian border. It includes a large river delta with coastal lagoons, mangrove swamps, and seven desert-like islets.

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