The Siberian Taiga Jaden Morrow

Climate of the Taiga in Siberia

Summary- The Siberian Taiga is a vast, Palearctic ecoregion that is dominated by large coniferous forests that make for a relatively stable environment. This region takes up 1,505,700 square miles, and is considered the "Heart of Siberia" as most typical Siberian species are represented here. Extremely cold temperatures matched with a harsh and unforgiving environment makes the Siberian Taiga one of the most dangerous environments in the world. Species living here have highly adapted to this environment in order to survive these harsh conditions.

Average Temperature- The average yearly temperature in the Siberian Taiga is below freezing, about 23 degrees Fahrenheit.

Average Rainfall- The Average precipitation is about 500 mm.

Net Primary Productivity

The Net Primary Productivity of the Siberian Taiga is on the lower end of the Net Primary Productivity scale, due to its close to polar environment and extremely cold temperatures year round.

Invasive Species- The Boxelder Maple. Introduced to the Taiga of Siberia to increase plant biodiversity in the ecosystem. Has the potential to force native species out of their habitats by aggressively competing for resources.

Endangered Species- The Siberian Tiger. Inhabits the far east Siberian Taiga. Species is in decline due to it's population of cubs dying before they can reach reproductive age.

Animals in the Siberian Taiga

Brown Bear- Distributed much across Siberia, it is one of the two largest terrestrial carnivorans alive. Has many subspecies, including the Grizzly Bear, Kodiak Bear, and the Eurasian Brown Bear. Has developed extremely thick fur and skin to protect itself from the elements.

Eurasian Wolf- Subspecies of the grey wolf, widespread throughout Eurasia and Siberia. This is the largest of Old World grey wolves, with relatively short and coarse fur. Preys on livestock and garbage in areas with human populations, however the populations in Siberia still hunt for moose, red deer, roe deer, and wild boar. Has developed hunting habits to hunt game, and also has developed strong fur to keep it's body temperature warm.

Moose- The largest species in the deer family, are prominent throughout the Siberian Taiga. Diet consists of terrestrial and aquatic vegetation. Has a specialized diet to make the most of resources, as well as thick fur and hide to protect from the elements.

Plants in the Siberian Taiga

Pine Tree- A large family of trees, these reside in almost all of the Siberian Taiga. The ones found here have needles, due to the harsh environment.

White Spruce- A coniferous evergreen tree that is able to survive in harshly cold temperatures. Usually grows to be 50 to 100 feet tall.

Douglas Fir- The tallest conifer in the world, the Douglas Fir takes residence in Siberia. It can grow up to 245 feet.

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