Agricultural conditions improve in the Northeast Highlands.
Much of southern Russia and Ukraine has Siberian vegetation.
The forests reflect the setting.
These have proven to be valuable for commercial wheat.
The region of low relief and extensive commercial grain production is similar to North America's Great Plains.
European Russia's eastern edge is separated from Siberia by the Ural Mountains.
The range of the Urals is not very impressive.
The ancient rocks of the mountains contain valuable mineral resources, and the Urals were once marked by European Russia's eastern cultural boundary.
Siberia sprawls across the landscape for thousands of miles.
There is a concerted global effort to prevent development in seven sensitive spawning areas of Kamchatka wilderness.
A recent consolidation of several national parks on the peninsula should make management of the region's natural resources more efficient and less costly, as one Russian supported plan calls for protecting an area nearly triple the size of Yellowstone National Park.
Spawning sockeye salmon offer a ready meal for this brown bear on the shoreline of Kurile Lake, located beneath more southerly latitude and fertile river valleys, such as the Ilyinsky volcano in the southern portion of the Kamchatka A.
It is at the same latitude as Peninsula.
New England has a longer growing season and milder climates than the west or north.
The continental climates of the Siberia interior are characterized by mosses, lichens, and a few ground.
It is a fascinating plant.
Russia's eastern taiga zone has been threatened by both authorized southern boundary and is characterized by major earth logging.
The Transcaucasia and the distinctive Along the Pacific are farther south.
The climate and terrain in the Caucasus and Transcaucasia are very complex and offer spectacular volcanic landscapes, which can be seen in the waters of the North Pacific Ocean.
There is a scene near the resort town of Six native species of Pacific salmon that thrive on the peninsula.
The salmon are at the center of a complex environmental web: They provide food for the brown bears, seals, and Stellar's sea eagles that are abundant here; they also remain part of the subsistence diet of the Koryak and other native peoples of these coastal zones.
The valleys are semi arid.
In areas of adequate rain, agriculture can be productive.
The Russian domain has a lot of fragile environments.
The break up of the Soviet Union and subsequent opening of the region to international scrutiny revealed some of the world's most severe environmental degradation, according to official studies commissioned by the Russian government.
The drinking water in half of Sea is unsafe due to the Black air quality and a more southerly latitude causes a small humid country.
A woman is picking fruit.
There are a lot of environmental hazards across the region.
Nuclear waste, heavy metals, and air pollution have been found in the landscape.
Many localities have problems with rivers and lakes.
Economic difficulties and political uncertainties add to the challenge of improving the region's environmental quality in the 21st century.
The frenetic pace of seven decades of Soviet industri zone of contamination that stretches more than 75 miles took its toll on the region.
Even in the east of the city.
The most remote reaches of Russia, careless mining and oil, the spread of nuclear contamination, and rampant cut harmful sulfur dioxide emissions between forest cutting have resulted in frightening environmental 2015 and 2020.
Rates of damage are growing elsewhere.
Russian environmental and antinuclear moves have greatly increased private car ownership, which has led to pollution.
90 percent of Moscow's air pol movements remain a minor political voice in a region that is dominated by the desire for economic growth.
Degraded water is a hazard that residents of the so great that they have global implications and may affect region must cope with daily.
Climate patterns, water quality, and nuclear safety are related to oil spills.
The Russian petroleum industry estimated that 5 million of Siberia's forests were lost to lumbering and pollution, more than the destruction of tons of oil in Brazil.
Poor air quality plagues hundreds of industrial pollution, flows of raw sewage, and demands that cities and industrial complexes throughout the region.
The capacity is being exceeded more and more.
The Baltic Sea traditional Soviet practice of building large clusters of indus near the city of St. Petersburg has reached a critical level of trial processing and manufacturing plants in concentrated pollution that has killed fish and threatens to permanently areas.
The biggest problem is that duced an ongoing legacy of dirty air that stretches from 30 percent of all the residential and industrial waste to Siberia.
A traditional reliance on abundant, but enters the sea via the nearby Neva River is also contributing to pollution problems.
The sewage, a toxic mix of heavy metals and human waste that is air quality in dozens of cities within the region typically fails rapidly killing nearby portions of the Baltic.
Large numbers of urban residents across the region are affected by chronic respiratory problems and have degraded water.
Much of the north Siberia's mining and smelting city of Norilsk ern Black Sea is polluted, making it one of the dirtiest cities in Russia.