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ZIMSEC O Level Geography Notes: Natural Resources: Zimbabwean Forests: Acacia Savanna Woodlands

  • Acacia trees are also known as umbrella trees due their shape and also the fact that they are usually surrounded by islands of grass often providing the only shade for a distance
  • This type of woodland is mainly confined to the southern middle and lowvelds mainly below 400 metres above sea levels.
  • Rainfall is usually below 500 mm while temperatures are above 25°
  • The dominant species in this zone is the acacia or thorn tree and the baobab.
  • Though the acacia tree is useful for wood fuel, this area is mainly used for extensive grazing and irrigated farming.
  • Communities in the communal areas also use it for fencing and building.

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