What is Catena?


Ca-tena.   ka-'tE-na. n.

Etymology: Medieval Latin, from Latin, chain

1. A closely linked series.

2. A non-taxonomic group of soils about the same age, derived from similar parent materials and occurring under similar climatic conditions but having unlike characteristics because of variations in relief and drainage.

3. Ensemble of contiguous plant communities ordered by any changing ecological factor (temperature, moisture, topography, etc.). It is the landscape representation of zonation phenomena.


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