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07:17 Nov 21, 2013
English to English translations [PRO] Science - Botany
English term or phrase:type distribution archipelago
The TMCF in Mexico is known for its type distribution archipelago, which is located in an altitude range between 1,000 and 3,000 masl.
Yes, it refers to TMCF, and indicates that it is distributed in a number of separate patches or areas, which can be compared with islands; so this group of metaphorical islands can be compared collectively with an archipelago. As my references have indicated, the word "archipelago" is found in English sources referring to the distribution of TMCF, so it can certainly be used.
By the way, before posting my answer I checked to see whether "archipelago-type distribution" is used in English, and found no cases of this expression in a Google search. As my reference indicates, the way it is said is "archipelago-like distribution", which emphasises that the word "archipelago" is being used figuratively.
Thank you for your help. The part which is, is accurate in this case, even though they are talking about a archipelago distribution, it refers to TMCF right?
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Explanation: I found this expression incomprehensible at first sight and had to do a bit of research, and reconstruct the Spanish expression it comes from, to work out what it means.
This refers to the fact that tropical montane cloud forest (TMCF) in Mexico is distributed in a series of "islands", which are therefore described as an "archipelago". It corresponds to the Spanish expression "distribución tipo archipiélago", which is found in this context: https://www.google.es/search?num=100&espv=210&es_sm=93&q="di...
In English you would say "archipelago-like distribution", which again is an expression found in the literature: