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23 Cards in this Set

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What are the characteristics of the climate and seasons in most of Russia?
High Latitudes. Harsh Climate. Long cold winters and short cool summers.
Why does Siberia receive very little precipitation?
Because it lies far away from any moderating ocean influences and also Continentality.
What kind of temperature is typical of the tundra climate?
Below freezing.
Why does so little vegetation grow in the tundra?
Very short growing seasons and permafrost.
What temperature and snowfall is typical of the subartic climate?
120-250 days of snowfall that covers the ground. World's coldest temperatures.
How large is the taiga forest and what resource does it provide?
Covers 2/5 of Western Russia. Provides 1/2 of the world's softwood timber.
Why do most Russians live in the country's mid-latitude climates?
Much milder climate.
What types of vegetation are found in Russia's humid continental climate?
Mixed forests. Sunflowers, sugar beets, and wheat.
How did the Russian winter of 1941 help defeat the German army?
WWII. Frigid cold paralyzed the German tanks, mechanized vehicles, artillery, and aircraft. Samething happened to Napolean in 1812.
What are the recent challenges to the steppe ecosystem?
Intro of foreign plants decreases soil fertility.
Rich black soil.
A permanently frozen layer of soil.
The effect within the interior portions of a landmass.
A vast treeless plain
A boreal forest belt that covers 2/5 of western Russia and extends into much of Siberia
Temperate grassland area with dry summers and long, cold, dry winter with swirling winds and blowing snow.
Marks the boundary b/w Europe and Asia
Ural Mountains
Range b/w 1600 and 2300 ft
Central Siberian Plateau
AKA Russian Plain. 75% of Asia's population lives here.
Northern European Plain
About 1,000,000 square miles. World's largest area of flat land.
West Siberian Plain.
Russia has the longest continuous _________ of any country in the world.
Largest inland body of water in the world.
Caspian Sea
Third largest lake in Asia. Deepest freshwater lake in the world. Holds 20% of earths freshwater.
Lake Baikal