There are two distinct seasons, governed by the alternation between the trade wind and the monsoon. ... However, with the spread of cultivation much of it has been totally destroyed or reduced to scattered clumps of trees. ... aromatic sandalwood; the raffia palm (Raphia ruffia); several species of fan palms and Ficus; the Madagascar nutmeg, a large ... Tamatave, is protected by Suarez Bay, at the northern tip of the island, has a fine ; reach the sea, is broken by inlets, onsiderable size.
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