Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Altai, Siberia - RUSSIA - UNESCO #768
Normally when we hear the word Siberia we only think in a desert and frozen region, but the natural landscape there is filled with diversity and some areas are really beautiful, like the Golden Mountains of Altai (another place I didn't knew before getting the postcard - POSTCROSSING really boost my world knowledge) a region where, for my surprise, the native religion is the shamanism. Thank you very much Marina, now I have 184 UNESCO sites, only 797 to finish. This postcard took 9 days to arrive!
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. 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.