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Pitons Management Area, Saint Lucia

  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
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Part of the Coastal Research Library book series (COASTALRL, volume 28)

Abstract

Located in the Lesser Antilles, the volcanic island of Saint Lucia is surrounded by the Eastern Caribbean Sea on one side and by the Atlantic Ocean in the other side. The Pitons Management Area in the southwest of Saint Lucia is two towering volcanic spires, Gros Piton and Petit Piton, which rise side by side from the sea to more than 700 m of altitude. The area encompasses a wide range of diverse geological features, such as a site of geothermal activity with fumaroles and hot springs. The Pitons are an area of iconic, spectacular, and unique coastal volcanic cones with a large fringing coral reef extremely well preserved. The volcanic features are clothed in tropical moist and subtropical wet forest and harbor endemic species.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vanda Claudino-Sales
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  1. 1.Federal University of Ceará StateFortalezaBrazil

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