Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Meadow

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1529

Meadows are areas of vegetation consisting of perennial herbaceous plants in moderate moisture conditions. Based on their ecological characteristics, meadows can be divided into typical, steppe, swamp, salt and alpine meadows. Meadows contain nonzonal vegetation that can occur in vegetation belts in different climate zones, but alpine meadows are clearly zonal. Typical meadows, also known as true meadows, are composed of typical mesophytes and are suitable for habitats with medium humidity. The dominant plants are mainly tall, wide-leaved, and moderate height grasses, and they are attractive. They are also known as ‘five flowers meadows’ in China and have high tourism value.

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