Climate of the Karakoram Range in Asia
The average monthly precipitation does not exceed 9 inches. The lowest occurs in November at around .87 inches. The average annual precipitation is around 3 inches.
The warmest temperature is around 32 degrees Fahrenheit. The lowest temperatures are in the month of January where temperatures get down to -22 degrees Fahrenheit. The average annual temperature is approximately 9 degrees Fahrenheit.
At the top of the Karakoram Range it is cold all year long. The driest months tend to be from October to May. The wettest months tend to be from June to September.
Net Primary Productivity
The Karakoram Mountains are considered to be Alpine Tundra. It has one of the lowest net primary productivity of all the ecosystems (desert being the lowest). The approximate kilocalories per square meter per day is also one of the lowest. There is little growing season and less than 10 inches of rain per year. There is lots of ice and snow with a bumpy, sloped landscape. The Tundra covers around 20% of the earth. The latitude of the biome is located at 34 degrees North. The biome is not very diverse due to the harsh conditions required for suitable living.
As you go up the mountains, the soil quality becomes less fertile. Towards the bottom, the Karakoram Mountains are good for double-cropping. The soil has permafrost and a short growing seasons. It can therefore be concluded that the soil can be classified as Gelisol (a classification of soil that contain permafrost, a layer of soil near the surface that is frozen year-round).
Invasive and Endangered