MERIDA AND SURROUNDINGS
David B. Fankhauser, PhD
Professor of Biology and Chemistry
U.C. Clermont College
Batavia OH 45103
above Merida line the roads
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potatoes are a major cash crop.
During a sabbatical project in Venezuela in 2007, I visited the coffee finca of Fedor Gouverneur to study the environs which are ideal for growing coffee. Here are some images of the trip from Caracas to Merida, and images of the tremendous variety of ecosystems within a short distance from Merida.
Dawn from the Caracas airport. Views from the airplane on the
way to Merida. Note the variety of terrain, the tortuous narrow roads,
the observatory near Pico del Aguila, and finally the bull ring in Merida.
Here is a map of the Merida region, and a view from Gouveneur's finca
On a jaunt around Jaji and the Chama valley, the ecology went from rain
forest to arid, almost desert conditions. Jaji is shown at the right
Descending into the Chamas valley, a herd of goats eat the VERY spiny
acatia, desert cacti grow, and El Rio Chama winds through the valley.
Note that the side struts of the bridge are deformed from excess weight
of a passing truck.
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