Two 'things' actually.
First, I SHOULD admit that I have inserted "frog dna" into the gaps of this subforum for about 3 years now.(like in jurassic park, the movie)
-And in situations like within my last couple posts,...I am glad and...in a sense, very thankful to Greeninthethumb for calling me out for a fact-check senario. You see, I've always had a wild thought remain in the back of my mind...to-not-go 'post crazy', and make my opinion into the a large stone which reaches/permeates threads...with tons of misinformation, theory, hunches and imagination. (end topic)
Lastly, I'd like to cut and paste from a post I formed last year, which dealt/crept into environmental similarities between Oaxaca and various coordinates inside Switzerland.
I really got into the material by accident...where my mind kinda drifts in 'one' direction for a few days...similar to A.D.D....but, more like Attention Drift Anomaly(ADA)...made that btw.
Here's the cut and paste, which is actually 'only' the bottom paragraph of the original post...I believe I was really into 'Sacred Sites' that particular week...
The Sacred North Mountain Range Hotspot of Oaxaca:
Oaxaca’s Sierra Norte...
... is unique in terms of its biodiversity and serves as the entry point to two large regions with contrasting characteristics: the neoartic and neotropical. The flora and fauna of the warm and cold climate mountainous areas join the tropical species of the hot and humid climates. This biological diversity embraces 7 types of terrestrial vegetation: perennial tropical forest, mountain mesofilo forest, oak forest, pine forest, tropical caucifilo forest, sub-alpine hawthorn and meadow (Rzedowski, 1978).
The Sierra Norte’s altitudinal gradient runs from 100m to 3300m above sea level, thereby constituting the largest corridor of natural forest and jungle in Mexico. The 400000 hectares of sierra are controlled by indigenous communities (Zapotec, Chinantec and Mixes) through approximately 60 communal properties.
From the deciduous tropical forests with cacti and a wide variety of endemic species, you can climb through pine and oak forests, considered one of the most diverse areas in the world (WWF, 1995), to the mountain summits where one can find sub-alpine meadows similar to those found in Switerland.
The Sierra Norte mountain range is recognised as an area of biological significance because the variety of micro-environments found in the region support a diverse abundance of flora and fauna. The elements that determine the existence and location of these micro-environments are the different topographic, altitudinal, geological and climatic zones within the region.
The indigenous people of this region, the Zapotec, traditionally have a strong bond with their natural environment. The “lord of the mountains”, a Zapotec deity known as Guzio, is said to live within the Sierra Norte, and to take care of the mountain people.
[The name Zapotec is an exonym coming from Nahuatl tzapotēcah (singular tzapotēcatl), which means "inhabitants of the place of sapote(edible fruit).-wikipedia]
There are five general vegetation groups found in this region:
*montane cloud forest
*tropical evergreen forest
-These vegetation groups are independently and collectively floristically rich with an estimated 2000 plant species in total.
Many of the plants found in this region have medicinal value and of the many species there is a high level of endemism, meaning that they are found no where else. -This is critical when many species are threatened.