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

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1. T u n d r a T h e t u n d r a r e g i o n , w h i c h occupies a b o u t 15 p e r c e n t of t h e a r e a of t h e U . S . S . R . , lies to t h e n o r t h of t h e 10°C J u l y i s o t h e r m so t h a t s u m m e r s a r e cool as well as b e i n g short. W i n t e r s a r e cold, t h o u g h less so t h a n f u r t h e r i n l a n d , a n d b e c o m e i n c r e a s i n g l y severe t o w a r d s t h e east. P r e c i p i t a t i o n is light, r a n g i n g from a b o u t 375 m m a l o n g t h e shores of t h e B a r e n t s S e a t o less t h a n 100 m m n e a r t h e L e n a d e l t a .

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 .

I n s u m m e r , t h e m e a n t e m p e r a t u r e of t h e hottest m o n t h is e v e r y w h e r e b e l o w 2 1 ° C b u t m i d d a y s h a d e t e m p e r a t u r e s a b o v e 3 5 ° C a r e c o m m o n . A n n u a l rainfall totals r a n g e from a b o u t 6 2 5 m m on t h e Baltic coast to less t h a n 400 m m a t K a z a n ' . M o s c o w , w h i c h is r o u g h l y in t h e c e n t r e of t h e z o n e , m a y b e t a k e n as s h o w i n g fairly t y p i c a l c o n d i t i o n s .

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