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Russia, Golden Mountains of Altai

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Location 450 km southwest of Novosibirsk, in the Altai Republic, Russia
Coordinates N50 28 0 E86 0 0
Type Natural
Property 1,611,457 ha
Date of Inscription 1998

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/768 )

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.

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