What is a caatinga?

What is a caatinga? Here are some definitions.

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  1. A sparse, thorny wooded area of northeastern Brazil containing drought-resistant trees.
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Unique to Brazil, the Caatinga biome is one of the most populated and biologically diverse semi-arid regions in the world.
Long a hide-out for bandits, rebels and visionaries, the caatinga also earns a reputation as a mystical badlands.
The geological substrate of the caatinga is severely eroded crystalline bedrock of the Precambrian Brazilian Shield and Paleozoic and Mesozoic sedimentary basins.
Because these forest enclaves are more fertile than the surrounding caatinga scrub, humans prefer to live in them.
In this denuded landscape, the sole survivor engages in a daily survival routine, foraging for food among cacti, sage and prickly stunted trees known as caatinga.
The interior of the state is covered mostly by the dry thorny scrub vegetation called caatinga.

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