18:54 Nov 21, 2013
Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Spanish term or phrase: vertiente_watershed
In Mexico there are 21 species of the family Magnoliaceae, specifically Magnolia schiedeana Schltl. is found exclusively in TMCF in the central portion of the wathershed “vertiente” of the gulf of Mexico.
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4 +1watershed / drainage basin / catchment area
Charles Davis

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watershed / drainage basin / catchment area

It seems clear to me that the original Spanish text read "la cuenca vertiente del golfo de México". The translator looked up "cuenca" in the dictionary and found "watershed", but then didn't know what to do with "vertiente", so left it in Spanish. But "cuenca vertiente" is a synonym of "cuenca hidrográfica", and the whole phrase simply means "watershed", so "vertiente" doesn't need separate translation.

"Watershed" is used in American English but not in British English, where it means the drainage divide (the upper perimeter of the area). "Drainage basin" is a synonym, also used mostly in American English. "Catchment area" or just "catchment" would be more usual in British English.

And as has been pointed out, it's "watershed", not "wathershed".

Another small point is that although you commonly put "golfo de México" in Spanish, with a lower-case g, it should have a capital G in English: "the Gulf of Mexico".

Note added at 3 hrs (2013-11-21 22:01:33 GMT)

There's no need to change this part of the sentence. "The watershed of the Gulf of Mexico" makes perfect sense. It's a very large area, as Muriel has said. It includes the eastern part of Mexico. Here's a map of it:

According to this article (p, 2, map, and 17), Magnolia schiedeana Schltl. is found almost entirely in eastern Mexico, in the states of Querétero, Hidalgo and Veracruz and northern Oaxaca, an area which does indeed lie within the central portion of the watershed of the Gulf of Mexico. The only part of the distribution area which lies outside this watershed is a little pocket in Guerrero.

Note added at 12 hrs (2013-11-22 07:40:56 GMT)

I've put my comments in the discussion area so that everyone will see them (and correct anything I've got wrong).

Charles Davis
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Asker: In Mexico there are 21 species of the family Magnoliaceae. The Magnolia schiedeana Schltl. is found exclusively in TMCF within the central portion of the watershed of the Gulf of Mexico. Thank you

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  -> LOL! Thanks, Phil.
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