El Yunque, Majestic Rocky Icon of Puerto Rico: Impervious to the Ravages of Time?

Scientist Fred Scatena (left) and colleagues near a weather station on East Peak. Credit: Gilles Brocard

01 Mar 2013
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Image: Scientist Fred Scatena (left) and colleagues near a weather station on East Peak. Credit: Gilles Brocard [Click image to enlarge]

El Yunque. It could be the name of an ancient chieftain. On the island of Puerto Rico, in a sense it is.

El Yunque, Spanish for "the anvil," is a majestic, flat-topped promontory. It stands high above rivers and streams below, and has been an icon since pre-Columbian times.

With Puerto Rico's humid tropical climate, El Yunque should be covered with plant life--and should be eroding rapidly, say scientists. But it isn't.

 

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