Worksheet KS3 Russia lesson 2 mapping Russias vegetation zones

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Mapping Russia’s vegetation zones biome is the name for a vegetation zone that can be mapped on a global scale, as shown below. Russia is such a large country that it contains several world biomes. In contrast, the UK is shown on the map as being home to just one single biome, due to its relatively small size. Can you identify which? Each biome has its own characteristics. When studying a photograph of a biome, you can try to identify and describe:  The dominant type of vegetation and its height  Other plant characteristics such as colour  Variations in the type of vegetation (perhaps the image shows the boundary between two biomes)  Whether the plants are densely or sparsely distributed (are they close together or spread apart?)  Other relevant landscape features such as the presence or rivers latitude (distance from the equator) is the most important reason why biomes change as you move northwards in Russia. Broad changes in annual temperatures and rainfall determine what kinds of trees or grasses can grow. Trees struggle to grow in parts of southern Russia due to aridity (lack of water). In northern Russia, growth stops at the tree line, beyond which it is too cold for trees to survive. Russia’s biomes have Russian names that you may not be familiar with :  Grassland is sometimes called steppe  Coniferous or boreal forest is sometimes called taiga G Area H E D C F BA Identify seven global biomes that are found in Russia. A............................................................. B............................................................. St Petersburg C............................................................. Moscow D............................................................. E............................................................ F............................................................. Vladivostok  G............................................................. Three Russian cities are shown on the map (left). What kind of vegetation was originally found at the site of each city?

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