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Urals montane tundra and taiga

The Urals montane tundra and taiga ecoregion (WWF ID:PA0610) covers the main ridge of the Ural Mountains (both sides) - a 2,000 km (north-south) by 300 km (west-east) region. The region is on the divide between European and Asian ecoregions, and also the meeting point of tundra and taiga. It is in the Palearctic ecozone, and mostly in the Boreal forests/taiga ecoregion with a Humid continental climate, cool summer climate. It covers 174,565 km2 (67,400 sq mi).[1]

Ecoregion: Urals montane tundra and taiga
Urals montane tundra and taiga
Basegi Nature Reserve in the Urals
Ecoregion territory (in purple)
Ecoregion territory (in purple)
Ecology
Realm Palearctic
Biome Boreal forests/taiga
Geography
Area 174,565 km2
Climate type Dfc

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Location and descriptionEdit

The ecoregion is centered on the Ural mountains, a range that reaches heights of 1,895 m (6,217 ft). The western edge of the region is the Russian Plain, and the eastern edge is the beginning of the West Siberian Plain.[2] To the north is the Northwest Russian-Novaya Zemlya tundra ecoregion, to the west are the Scandinavian and Russian taiga, Sarmatic mixed forests and East European forest steppe ecoregions, to the east the West Siberian taiga, and to the south the Kazakh steppe.

ClimateEdit

The climate of the Urals is Humid continental climate, cool summer (Köppen climate classification (Dfc)). This climate is characterised by long cold winters, and short, cool summers.[3]

Russia, Ural Mountains: 59.25 N, 58.25 E
Climate chart (explanation)
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: World Weather Online[4]

Flora and faunaEdit

ProtectionsEdit

Large federally protected areas in the ecoregion include:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Urals montane tundra and taiga". Ecoregions of the World. World Wildlife Federation. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Urals montane tundra and taiga". Ecoregions of the World. GlobalSpecies.org. Retrieved 5 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Climate of Basegi". GloalSpecies.org. Retrieved January 21, 2016. 
  4. ^ World Weather Online

External linksEdit