Landforms in Russia

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Bodies of Water

The bodies of water in Russia are the Caspian sea, Lake Ladoga, and Lake Baikal. Did you know that the Caspian sea is a saltwater lake? Did you also know Lake Ladoga is the largest lake in Europe? Lake Baikal is the world’s largest lake. It is about 5,315 feet (1,620 meters) deep at its deepest point. It covers an area of 12,200 square miles (31,500 square kilometers). The lake has more fresh water fish than any other lake in the world. Lake Baikal was formed about 25 million years ago, from what scientists say.


The rivers that are in Russia are the Lena River, the Amur River, the Ob River, the Volga River, and the Yenisty River. The Lena is the longest river in Russia. It is frozen 7-9 months of the year. The Volga river is the longest river in European Russia.


Climate

In January in Russia it can be -50 degrees but it has been recorded to be as low as -90 degrees. In June it is about 60 degrees but can climb to 100 degrees. It can snow up to 4 feet or more!


Landforms

The West Siberian plain is the largest level region in the world. The Central Siberian Plain slopes upward toward the south from the coastal plains along the Arctic Ocean. The East Siberian Plain is mostly wilderness.

The West Siberian Plain

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The East Siberian Plain

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The Central Plain

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Lake Baikal

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The Caspian Sea

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Lake Ladoga

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Lake Baikal
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