A Geography of the Soviet Union by John C. Dewdney and W. B. Fisher (Auth.)

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5 m m . I n t h e second a r e a , Soviet C e n t r a l Asia, t h e r e is a progressive d i m i n u t i o n t o w a r d s desert c o n d i t i o n s in t h e c e n t r e of t h e r e g i o n ( T u r t k u l ' 60 m m ) . T h r o u g h o u t most of t h e Soviet U n i o n , p r e c i p i t a t i o n shows t h e m a r k e d s u m m e r m a x i m u m associated w i t h t h e c o n t i n e n t a l c l i m a t e or, a l o n g t h e Pacific coast, with t h e o n s h o r e m o n s o o n . T h e most i m p o r t a n t e x c e p t i o n to this g e n e r a l rule is p r o v i d e d b y t h e a r e a a l o n g t h e e a s t e r n Black S e a coast from t h e C r i m e a to t h e T u r k i s h frontier, w h e r e t h e p r e d o m i n a n c e of w i n t e r depressions p a s s i n g t h r o u g h t h e Black S e a gives a w i n t e r rainfall m a x i m u m .

S . R . e n s u r e t h a t p r e c i p i t a t i o n over most of t h e c o u n t r y is m o d e r a t e or light. T h e g r e a t e r p a r t of t h e i n h a b i t e d a r e a receives b e t w e e n 4 0 0 a n d 500 m m a n n u a l l y , figures t y p i c a l of m u c h of t h e E u r o p e a n p l a i n a n d W e s t S i b e r i a n L o w l a n d . A r e a s r e c e i v i n g l a r g e r Climate, Soils, Vegetation 23 FIG. 9. Average annual precipitation (millimetres). Note the relatively small areas which receive more than 600 mm per annum.

S u c h soils a r e said to b e intrazonal. g. in a r e a s of r e c e n t glacial d e p o s i t i o n o r of c o n t i n u i n g alluvial d e p o s i t i o n ) a n azonal soil t y p e m a y b e f o u n d . T h i s t o o differs c o n s i d e r a b l y from t h e m a t u r e , z o n a l soil. T h u s t h e c o r r e s p o n d e n c e b e t w e e n c l i m a t e , soil a n d v e g e t a t i o n belts is b y n o m e a n s e x a c t in every respect. As a result, it is often e x p e d i e n t t o choose o n e e l e m e n t o n l y for t h e d e l i n e a t i o n of n a t u r a l regions a n d , since it is t h e e l e m e n t most easily r e c o g n i z e d on t h e g r o u n d , t h e choice frequently falls on v e g e t a t i o n .

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