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Social constructions around the natural landscape of the Las Cabachuelas Reserve: a look at its historical geography.

Authors: Banery Mujica Ortiz*, University of Puerto Rico
Topics: Landscape, Human-Environment Geography, Environmental Perception
Keywords: land use,geomorphology,caves,historical geography
Session Type: Paper
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This research is a synthesis of topics that have been dealt with. For example, land use, historical importance and past, deforestation, construction of houses and other buildings and the creation of the natural reserve. The collection or interviews with the older members of the communities plus the use different geographical tools are used to discover common themes: the decreased in tree cover, movements in population inside the reserve area. Its purpose it to discover the perception change on the reserve, past and present uses. The assembling of all this study will help us understand the relation between the community and the physical elements of the reserve.
The study would be conducted at Las Cabachuelas Natural reserve and the surrounding communities. The Cabachuelas Natural Reserves is in the North Karst Belt in Puerto Rico, in the municipalities of Morovis and Ciales, and was created by law in 2012 due to his natural and historical (archeological findings) value. This Reserve is located in the Lares Limestone formation and has a cave series that consist in 65 caves in a region of approximately 4 square kilometers.

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