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The Far North

Plant Biodiversity and Ecology of Yakutia

  • Elena I. Troeva
  • A. P. Isaev
  • M.M. Cherosov
  • N. S. Karpov
  • Totally unknown area in English speaking/reading world

  • Ecology of areas with extreme climatic conditions

  • Ecology of areas on huge depth of permafrost

  • Ecology of a huge area that largely is still very natural

  • Ecology of little-known land use practices (e.g. reindeer herding, 'alas' hay cutting)


Part of the Plant and Vegetation book series (PAVE, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. A. P. Chevychelov, N. P. Bosikov
    Pages 1-23
  3. L. V. Kuznetsova, V. I. Zakharova, N. K. Sosina, E. G. Nikolin, E. I. Ivanova, E. V. Sofronova et al.
    Pages 24-140
  4. A. P. Isaev, A. V. Protopopov, V. V. Protopopova, A. A. Egorova, P. A. Timofeyev, A. N. Nikolaev et al.
    Pages 143-260
  5. M. M. Cherosov, A.P. Isaev, S.I. Mironova, L.P. Lytkina, L.D. Gavrilyeva, R.R. Sofronov et al.
    Pages 261-295
  6. A. I. Averensky, I. I. Chikidov, Yu. V. Ermakova
    Pages 297-316
  7. T. Ch. Maximov, A. V. Kononov, K. A. Petrov, B. I. Ivanov
    Pages 317-355
  8. B. Z. Borisov, M. M. Cherosov, I. A. Fedorov, P. S. Egorova, P. A. Pavlova
    Pages 357-369
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 371-390

About this book


Outside Russia very little is known about the terrestrial ecology, vegetation, biogeographical patterns, and biodiversity of the enormously extensive ecosystems of Yakutia, Siberia. These systems are very special in that they function on top of huge layers of permafrost and are exposed to very severe and extreme weather conditions, the range between winter and summer temperatures being more than 100 degrees C. The soils are generally poor, and human use of the vegetation is usually extensive. Main vegetation zones are taiga and tundra, but Yakutia also supports a special land and vegetation form, caused by permafrost, the alas: more or less extensive grasslands around roundish lakes in taiga. All these vegetation types will be described and their ecology and ecophysiological characteristics will be dealt with. Because of the size of Yakutia, covering several climatic zones, and its extreme position on ecological gradients, Yakutia contains very interesting biogeographical patterns, which also will be described. Our analyses are drawn from many years of research in Yakutia and from a vast body of ecological and other literature in Russian publications and in unpublished local reports. The anthropogenic influence on the ecosystems will be dealt with. This includes the main activities of human interference with nature: forestry, extensive reindeer herding, cattle and horse grazing, etc. Also fire and other prominent ecological factors are dealt with. A very important point is also the very high degree of naturalness that is still extant in Yakutia’s main vegetation zones.


Biodiversity Frost ecology ecosystem forest vegetation

Editors and affiliations

  • Elena I. Troeva
    • 1
  • A. P. Isaev
    • 2
  • M.M. Cherosov
    • 3
  • N. S. Karpov
    • 4
  1. 1.Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesYakutskRussian Federation
  2. 2.Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesYakutskRussian Federation
  3. 3.Institute of the North Grassland ManagemYakutskRussian Federation
  4. 4.Siberian BranchRussian Academy of SciencesYakutskRussian Federation

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