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Definition:
The zone in mountainous regions where the influence of altitude
(vertical relief) results in local climatic regimes that are sufficiently
different from those in the adjacent lowlands as to cause a complex
vertical climate-vegetation-soil zonation. 
Reference:
The Nature Conservancy
Glossary of Terms Used in the US National Vegetation
Classificaion Hierarchy, 1998
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