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Golden Mountains of Altai
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Golden Mountains of Altai

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Rank: 1001 UNESCO
Wonder Type: Natural
Description:
The Altai mountains in southern Siberia form the major mountain range in the western Siberia biogeographic region and provide the source of its greatest rivers - the Ob and the Irtysh. Three separate areas are inscribed: Altaisky Zapovednik and a buffer zone around Lake Teletskoye; Katunsky Zapovednik and a buffer zone around Mount Belukha; and the Ukok Quiet Zone on the Ukok plateau. The total area covers 1,611,457 ha. The region represents the most complete sequence of altitudinal vegetation zones in central Siberia, from steppe, forest-steppe, mixed forest, subalpine vegetation to alpine vegetation. The site is also an important habitat for endangered animal species such as the snow leopard.
This article uses material from UNESCO World Heritage List article "Golden Mountains of Altai", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 IGO License.