Ergaki Nature Reserve (Krasnoyarsk Krai. Siberian Federal District)… the reserve is 3,429 square kilometres (1,324 square miles) in size
- Siberia occupies almost 10 percent of the land on the planet.
- Siberia is over 10 million square kilometres (3.86 million square miles) in area… larger than Canada, the second-largest country in the world after Russia.
- Siberia’s highest point is Belukha Mountain, at 4,509 metres (14,794 feet) (Altai Mountains).
- Siberia has the deepest lake on the planet… Lake Baikal.
- Siberia has the largest amount of freshwater surface area on the planet.
- Siberia’s Vasyugan Swamp is the largest swamp/wetland in the world… about 53,000 square kilometres (20,464 square miles) in size, larger than such countries as the Netherlands, Switzerland, or Belgium.
- Siberia has more than 25 percent of all forests on the planet.
- Siberia has the largest temperature differential in the world… the greatest difference between summer and winter temperature is 106.7 degrees (-70 to + 36.7) (224.06 degrees Fahrenheit, -94 to 98.06), recorded at Verkhoyansk (Yakutiya).
- Siberia has the largest concentration of natural resources in Russia:
- 85 percent of lead and platinum
- 71 percent of nickel
- 69 percent of copper
- 44 percent of silver
- 40 percent of gold
- Siberia has 24 million inhabitants (16.9 per cent of Russia’s population).
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The Sayano-Shushenskaya State Nature Biosphere Reserve is in a remote area of the West Sayan in the southern Krasnoyarsk Krai on the left bank of the Yenisei River in the area of influence of the Sayano-Shushenskoye Hydroelectric Dam Reservoir. At present, the Reserve is 3,904 square kilometres (1,507 square miles) in area, about 25 percent is Siberian Cedar forest. The Russian state has set aside another 6,904 square kilometres (2,666 square miles) as an addition to the Reserve in future; it’s banned all development in this region. That’d give it 10,808 square kilometres (4,173 square miles)… Yellowstone National Park is 8,983 square kilometres (3,463 square miles), thus, you could throw Yellowstone into this Reserve, with room to spare. In comparison, Long Island (including Brooklyn and Queens) is 3,629 square kilometres (1,401 square miles), roughly the size of the present preserve… the planned preserve area is a little under three times the size of Long Island. No small park by any measure, is it?
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