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Satellite shot of the Uvs Nuur Basin.
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Satellite shot of the Uvs Nuur Basin.

Uvs Nuur Lake is the largest lake in Mongolia, which, at 753 m above sea level, covers the area of 3350 sq km. Its northeastern part is situated in the Tuva Republic of the Russian Federation. This shallow and very saline body of water is the only remainder of a huge saline sea which covered a much larger area several thousand years ago. Tuva or Tyva (Russian: Республика Тыва [Тува], Respublika Tyva [Tuva]) (pop. ...


The Uvs Nuur Lake is the centre of the Uvs Nuur Basin, which covers the area of 70 million ha and represents one of the best-preserved natural steppe landscapes of Eurasia. Apart from the Uvs Nuur, the basin comprises several smaller lakes, notably the Ureg Nuur Lake, which lies at 1450 m above sea level. As these lakes lie to the north from other inland seas of Central Asia, they are of key importance for waterfowl migration. A steppe in Western Kazakhstan in early spring In physical geography, steppe (from Russian step) is a plain without trees (apart from those near rivers and lakes); it is similar to a prairie, although a prairie is generally reckoned as being dominated by tall grasses, while short grasses are said... African-Eurasian aspect of Earth Eurasia is the landmass composed of the continents of Europe and Asia. ... For the term related to television programmes, see watershed (television). ...


Since the basin spans geoclimatic boundary between Siberia and Central Asia, temperatures may vary from -58 °C in the winter to 47 °C in summer. Despite its harsh climate, the basin is home to 173 bird species and 41 mammal species, including the globally endangered snow leopard, argali, and Asiatic ibex. Siberia Siberia (Russian: Сиби́рь, common English transliterations: Sibir, Sibir; possibly from the Mongolian for the calm land) is a vast region of Russia and northern Kazakhstan constituting almost all of northern Asia. ... Map of Central Asia showing three sets of possible boundaries for the region Central Asia located as a region of the world Central Asia is a vast landlocked region of Asia. ... Binomial name Uncia uncia (Schreber, 1775) The Snow Leopard or Ounce (Uncia uncia) is a large cat native to the mountain ranges of central Asia. ... Argali, or the mountain sheep (species Ovis ammon) is the globally endangered wild sheep, which roams the highlands of Central Asia (Himalaya, Tibet, Altay). ...


In 2001, the UNESCO listed the Uvs Nuur Basin as a natural World Heritage Site. This transboundary patrimony is one of the largest sites inscribed in the World Heritage List to date. UNESCO logo The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, commonly known as UNESCO, is a specialized agency of the United Nations system established in 1946. ... Elabana Falls is in Lamington National Park, part of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves World Heritage site in Queensland, Australia. ... Elabana Falls is in Lamington National Park, part of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves World Heritage site in Queensland, Australia. ...


See also

  • Khuvsgul

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The estimation and mapping of the grassland and desertification status in the UVS NUUR HOLLOW using satellite and ... (1398 words)
The salty Uvs Nuur lake is located in the western part of the hollow and gathers all the flowing waters.
The vegetation of western part of Uvs Nuur hollow is characterized by type of temperate belt: mountain tundra and forests.
The Territory around Uvs Nuur belongs to the desert steppe and the desert.
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Uvs Aimag has an area of 69,600 square kilometers, and an estimated population of 85.800 inhabitants.
The administrative center is the town of Ulaangom, in the depression of the lake of Uvs Nuur, at 939 meters above sea level, 1,425 kilometers from Ulaanbaatar.
Buurug Els is a massive belt of sand which extends from the eastern part of the lake of Uvs Nuur, blanketing an area of 4,000 square kilometers in length and 50 kilometers wide.
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