Thorn forest

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thorn forest

dense, scrublike vegetation characteristic of dry subtropical and warm temperate areas with a seasonal rainfall averaging 250 to 500 millimetres (about 10 to 20 inches). This vegetation covers a large part of southwestern North America and southwestern Africa and smaller areas in Africa, South America, and Australia. In South America, thorn forest is sometimes called caatinga. Thorn forest grades into savanna woodland as the rainfall increases and into desert as the climate becomes drier.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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