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THE CHACO

The Chaco is a vast area in the center of South America whose primary vegetation is thorn scrub forest. The Paraguayan Chaco becomes hotter, more arid, and less populated as one travels northwestward towards Bolivia.

chaco

chaco

A large percentage of the scrub trees of the Chaco bear an assortment of thorns and spines.

thorn scrub

thorn scrub

 

thorn scrub

thorn scrub
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Where the original thorn scrub forest has been cleared for cow pasture, palm trees often dominate the upper story and thorn scrub trees may form an understory.  
palms palms

Mosquitoes and flies are abundant in the Chaco.

mosquitoes on telescope