Accession Number : AD0069698

Title :   ENVIRONMENTAL HANDBOOK OF FORT SHERMAN AND FORT GULICK, PANAMA CANAL ZONE

Corporate Author : ARMY NATICK LABS MA

Personal Author(s) : WILEY, SELVA C ; DODD, ARTHUR V ; CHAMBERS, JACK V

PDF Url : AD0069698

Report Date : Jul 1955

Pagination or Media Count : 60

Abstract : This report presents a study of the environment of Fort Sherman and Fort Gulick in the Panama Canal Zone. The climate is humid tropical. An eight-month rainy period from May through December is followed by a four-month period of less rain from January through April. The diurnal temperature range is far greater than the mean annual range. Three major terrain categories have been distinguished: undulating uplands, drained lowlands, and undrained lowlands. Eighty per cent of the total area - 13,765 acres - is undulating uplands characterized by low rolling hills, narrow valleys, and steep hillsides. The surface material is predominantly a thick, plastic clay. Vegetation consists primarily of tropical evergreen forest on the undulating uplands and some form of marsh plants or swamp forest on the lowlands.

Descriptors :   *CLIMATE, GEOGRAPHY, HANDBOOKS

Subject Categories : Meteorology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE