Dominican Republic/ Haiti Collapse
By: Mariana Ferreira
Haiti and The Dominican Republic are located in the Caribbean on what is called the Hispaniola Island. Even though these two share the same island, they have different geographic features that are a major cause of why Haiti collapsed and The Dominican Republic didn’t. Haiti is has many mountains such as the Northern Chain, La Selle Mount, and the Noires Mountains. These mountains cut off rainfall from hydrating the land in Haiti. WIthout precipitation, the climate in Haiti is semiarid which means that the vegetation is short and scrubby with minimal rainfall. In addition to the difficult climate to cultivate in, Haiti also deals with deforestation and soil erosion which are major environmental issues. To add to the long list of environmental problems that Haiti is facing includes inadequate supplies of potable water. In contrast to its neighbor, The Dominican Republic has North-East trade winds that blow rain onto the land. The D.R. has much less environmental issues than Haiti, the list includes water shortages, soil erosion damaging coral reef, and deforestation. One geographical feature that deeply affects the whole island is the fact that it lies in the path of the hurricane belt.
The border at Haiti and Dominican Republic shows the deforestation
Have to type in spaces given: Dominican Republic and Haiti