Model Category: Conceptual
Image: Palm increases through-flow; Palo Colorado increases interception
On Quartz-Diorite bedrock in the Rio Icacos /Rio Blanco region, palm stands increase through-flow allowing the formation of coves through an increased erosion rate. Palo Colorado stands increase rainfall interception resulting in thick litter and root mats this vegetation is also resistant to hurricanes. Palm coves in the Icacos / Rio Blanco have sandy streams and are core stone lined while Palo Caloraodo ridges are underline with deep saporlite.
Form follows function: can tropical mountain forest competition drive the growth of topography?. Gilles Brocard, Jane Willenbring, Frederick Scatena (2014): AGU Fall Meeting. San Fransisco, CA