- Central Deccan Plateau dry deciduous forests
The Central Deccan Plateau dry deciduous forests is a Tropical dry broadleaf forest
ecoregionof southern India.
The Deccan Plateau is a large triangular plateau in southern India, bounded by the
Western Ghatsrange to the west, the Eastern Ghatsrange to the east, and the Satpura Rangeto the north. Most of the rivers on the plateau drain east towards the Bay of Bengal, with the exception of the Tapti Riverin the northwestern corner of the plateau, which drains westward into the Arabian Sea.
The Central Deccan Plateau dry deciduous forests occupy an area of 240,200 square kilometers (92,700 square miles) on the central portion of the plateau. The ecoregion lies mostly within the states of
Maharashtraand Andhra Pradesh, extending into adjacent parts of Madhya Pradeshand Chhattisgarhstates. In Maharashtra, the Central Deccan Plateau dry deciduous forests cover most of the Vidarbharegion, including the city of Nagpur. In Andhra Pradesh, the dry deciduous forests cover much of the Telinganaregion, including Hyderabad, the state capital, with a small portion extending across the Eastern Ghats to the Arabian Sea in Krishna District.
Deccan thorn scrub forestslie to the west, south, and southeast, covering the drier portions of the plateau in the rain shadow of the Western Ghats. The more humid Eastern highlands moist deciduous forestslie to the northeast and east, while the Narmada Valley dry deciduous forestslie across the Satpuras to the northwest.
Conservation and threats
* [http://www.worldwildlife.org/wildworld/profiles/terrestrial/im/im0201_full.html Central Deccan Plateau dry deciduous forests (WWF)]
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