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    Yamalo- Nenets Autonomous Area

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Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area is situated in the arctic zone of the West Siberian Plain in centre of Russias extreme north. It covers an area of 769250 square kilometers, or one and a half France. The northernmost point of the region lies in 800 km from the Polar circle beyond it. As it was already mentioned, most part of the region lies beyond it.

The climate depends largely on the permafrost, vicinity of the cold Kara Sea and wealth of lakes, bays, rivers and bogs. In the whole the Area is characterized by the long (about 8 months) cold winter, short summer (50 days on the north, q00 days on the south), strong winds and littleness of snow cover. The average annual temperature is below zero, on the north of the region it is 10 degrees Celsius. Minimal winter temperature fixed is 56 degrees Celsius. The highest temperature fixed for July is 30 degrees Celsius. The polar light is a frequent phenomenon.

The climate varies on the territory of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Area in frames of three climatic zones: arctic tundra, subarctic tundra and taiga zone.

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