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By John C. Dewdney and W. B. Fisher (Auth.)

ISBN-10: 0080237398

ISBN-13: 9780080237398

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12. Location of climatic stations for which data are given in Chapter 2. w h i c h forest is c o m m o n on interfluves as well as in valleys a n d s p h a g n u m p e a t bogs b e c o m e e x t r e m e l y w i d e s p r e a d . Permafrost is g r o u n d in w h i c h t h e m o i s t u r e b e l o w t h e surface is p e r m a n e n t l y frozen a n d t h e p e r m a f r o s t z o n e covers n o less t h a n 10 million sq k m , some 45 p e r cent of t h e t e r r i t o r y of t h e U . S . S . R .

T h e tree cover g r a d u a l l y b e c o m e s less c o n t i n u o u s a n d m o r e o p e n u n t i l , a l o n g t h e s o u t h e r n m a r g i n s , w o o d l a n d is confined to valley sides. T h e w o o d e d s t e p p e z o n e is c o n t i n u e d across t h e W e s t S i b e r i a n L o w l a n d , b u t in eastern S i b e r i a this t y p e of v e g e t a t i o n is found only in relatively s m a l l l o w l a n d basins. Climate, Soils, Vegetation 33 5. S t e p p e T h i s covers a b o u t 15 p e r c e n t of t h e U .

S t e p p e T h i s covers a b o u t 15 p e r c e n t of t h e U . S . S . R . , s t r e t c h i n g in a c o n t i n u o u s belt from t h e w e s t e r n frontier to t h e A l t a y M o u n t a i n s . I n e a s t e r n S i b e r i a it occurs in several l o w l a n d basins close to t h e s o u t h e r n frontier. T h e c l i m a t e is b o t h w a r m e r a n d d r i e r t h a n in t h e forested z o n e t o t h e n o r t h . R a i n f a l l varies b e t w e e n 200 a n d 4 0 0 m m , d e c r e a s i n g t o w a r d s t h e east a n d s o u t h , a n d t h e r e is a p r o n o u n c e d s u m m e r m a x i m u m .

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