Siberia the “Sleeping Land”

Siberia is the largest region of Russia. It is consisted of almost whole North Asia. It is extending from the Ural Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. The name comes from the old Turkic language and it means “sleeping land” or beautiful. Another version for the name is that it comes from the ancient tribe Sabirs. The region consists of many republics that together are part of the Russian Federation.

The word Siberia reminds of cold and frozen. But it is not all that dark there. The climate varies dramatically. In the north near the coast, the summers last only for about a month. In south the temperatures are bit warmer. The summers, that last about three months, get daily temperatures above 20 C. In the winters those temperatures goes down lower than -20 C. These parts of the region are the most inhabited.

The vegetation mostly consists of taiga (forests with pines, spruces, larches) with tundra reef on the north (dwarf shrubs, sedges and grasses, mosses, and lichens). On the south there is temperate forests which can also be found in most parts of Europe and America.

In order to prove you that Siberia is not the frozen land where the temperatures are always lower than -30 C, (the one mostly shown on news), here you can find some photos where you can see the real beauty of this land.

Siberia (taken from plane April 2006)

Siberia the "Sleeping Land"

Image by Marc van der Chijs via Flickr

Mt Aspiring National Park

Siberia the "Sleeping Land"

Image by Neerav Bhatt via Flickr

Mt. Aspiring National Park

Siberia the "Sleeping Land"

Image by Neerav Bhatt via Flickr

Mt. Belukha Park, Altai Republic, Russia

Siberia the "Sleeping Land"

Image by Ted Wood via Flickr

Sunset at Novosibirsk

Siberia the "Sleeping Land"

Image by Mikhail Koninin via Flickr

Spring in Novosibirsk

Siberia the "Sleeping Land"

Image by Mikhail Koninin via Flickr

Over Siberia

Siberia the "Sleeping Land"

Image by edward stojakovic via Flickr

Siberia Bowl at Fernie Alpine Resort

Siberia the "Sleeping Land"

Image by Doug Zwick via Flickr

The Katun River near Inegen, Siberia, Russia

Siberia the "Sleeping Land"

Image by Ted Wood via Flickr

Mt. Aspiring National Park

Siberia the "Sleeping Land"

Image by Neerav Bhatt via Flickr

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