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The Altay Mountains s h o w a basically similar a r r a n g e m e n t . T h e s t e p p e l a n d of south-west S i b e r i a rises, in t h e foothills, to h e i g h t s of 3 5 0 - 6 0 0 m a n d is i n t e r s p e r s e d , in t h e h i g h e r p a r t s of this z o n e , w i t h coniferous forests of p i n e , fir, s p r u c e a n d l a r c h . A b o v e this, m o u n t a i n m e a d o w s rise to a b o u t 2700 m w h e r e t h e y give w a y to m o u n t a i n t u n d r a . Mountains of Siberia and the Far East.

As a result, t h e v e g e t a t i o n cover b e c o m e s progressively p o o r e r s o u t h w a r d , t h e h u m u s c o n t e n t of t h e soil decreases a n d c h e r n o z e m is r e p l a c e d b y lighterc o l o u r e d chestnut-brown soils. T h e s e a r e often h i g h l y a l k a l i n e o w i n g to t h e intense e v a p o r a t i o n d r a w i n g salts to t h e surface, a n d in places saline soils (solonets a n d solonchak) d e v e l o p . T h e s e c a r r y a few grasses a n d s h r u b s a d a p t e d to c o n d i t i o n s of h i g h alkalinity.

D . , t h e Slavs suffered a serious defeat at t h e h a n d s of t h e R o m a n s a n d m i g r a t e d n o r t h - e a s t w a r d s t h r o u g h t h e C a r p a t h i a n s t o establish themselves a l o n g t h e n o r t h e r n flank of those m o u n t a i n s . By t h e sixth c e n t u r y , t h e y w e r e in c o n t r o l of a n a r e a b e t w e e n t h e V i s t u l a a n d D n e s t r rivers w h i c h i n c l u d e d t h e g r e a t e r p a r t of t h e G a l i c i a n P l a t e a u .

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