Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Siberia is located in the northeast of Asia and is a portion of the Russian Federation. Siberia's land area is about 3/4 of the entire country, but only contains about 1/4 of Russia's population. Most of the cities in Siberia are located along the Trans-Siberian Railway, with Novosibirsk being the largest city at 1.5 million people.

Most famously known for its cold weather, the temperature in Siberia varies greatly throughout each region. However, the average annual temperature in Siberia is 23F degrees with the northern most tundra easily dropping below -40F degrees during the winter. During the summer, the average temperature rises to a much more bearable 60F degrees.

Other than cold weather, Siberia is also home to the world's largest deposits of resources, mainly ores, fuel and timber. Siberia contains about 40% of the world's nickel deposits and grows the world's largest forests. Because of cold currents, Siberia also has very rich fisheries and produces close to 10% of the world's fish supply. On the negative side however, the cold weather makes agriculture hard throughout most of northern Siberia, and most food is either imported, grown in the southern, more fertile lands, or collected from herded animals such as reindeer.


Micah Ivey

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