CONDITIONS AND TRENDS IN NATURAL SYSTEMS OF THE ALTAI-SAYAN ECOREGION

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Abstract

Results of preliminary assessment of forests in the Russian part of the ecoregion, pasture lands in the Western Mongolia and Katun river watershed in the North of Altai Mountains are outlined in the paper. High North – South contrasts in natural, socio-economic and other conditions across the natural, administrative and state boundaries of the region have been revealed in the process of the research. They could be regarded as some particular phenomenon usually existing on large interregional or intercontinental frontiers. Those interregional contrasts would cause effects on the future health of natural systems in the ecoregion.