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We are in Central-Eastern Europe and Central Asia, where the climate is characterized by hot and dry summers and cold rainy winters. The characteristic of these areas are the steppes, formed by extensive grasslands, few trees and a prevalently grassy vegetation. Among the fauna it is possible to find herbivorous animals, marmots, hamsters, foxes, wolves, weasels, amphibians and insects.

subjects dealt with in Steppe

ecosistemi_400x225_0011_il bioma steppa

Steppe biome

The word “steppe” means an environment consisting of wide temperate prairies, generally with hot dry summers and cold rainy winters.…

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Man and steppe

Ancient and legendary dynasties have given origin to the peoples who now live in Russia, Mongolia, China, etc. Only a…

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Threatened steppe

The agricultural exploitation of these areas has caused a series of inter-linked consequences: the animal and vegetal species of the…

special reports

  • coralli

    29 June 2015 / Ecosystems

    Genetic mutations that help corals

    It is well known that coral reefs around the world are severely damaged due to the temperature of the surface…

    Herd of elephants at sunset

    19 June 2015 / Ecosystems

    DNA from ivory to save elephants

    Every year approximately 50,000 African elephants are killed out of a population of 500,000 specimens: poaching is driving these animals…

    giornata_desertificazione

    12 June 2015 / Ecosystems

    World Day to Combat Desertification

    In 1994, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared June 17 "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought" in…

  • Giornata_Internazionale_foreste

    31 March 2015 / Ecosystems

    International Forest day

    Forests and trees protect us in an infinite number of ways. We provide us with clean air we breathe and…

    11 June 2014 / Ecosystems

    World Environment Day 2014

    World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June and was established by the United Nations General Assembly to raise global…

    20 May 2014 / Ecosystems

    Wwf Oasis Day

    The WWF Oasis Day will be held on 18 May, a day dedicated to the discovery of the numerous protected…

  • ecosistemi_400x225_0043_il bioma barriera corallina

    10 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Coral turns pale!

    The delicate balance of the coral reef “When looking at a coral reef, we are fascinated by the enormous variety…

    7 February 2014 / Ecosystems

    Beech forests of Pnalm have been proposed as candidate site for UNESCO

    UNESCO has selected the National Park of Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise (Pnalm) as one of the Italian candidate sites...

    29 April 2013 / Ecosystems

    Coral reefs can recover from acute stresses

    Good news about coral reefs...

  • coralli

    29 June 2015 / Ecosystems

    Genetic mutations that help corals

    It is well known that coral reefs around the world are severely damaged due to the temperature of the surface…

    Herd of elephants at sunset

    19 June 2015 / Ecosystems

    DNA from ivory to save elephants

    Every year approximately 50,000 African elephants are killed out of a population of 500,000 specimens: poaching is driving these animals…

  • giornata_desertificazione

    12 June 2015 / Ecosystems

    World Day to Combat Desertification

    In 1994, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared June 17 "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought" in…

    Giornata_Internazionale_foreste

    31 March 2015 / Ecosystems

    International Forest day

    Forests and trees protect us in an infinite number of ways. We provide us with clean air we breathe and…

  • 11 June 2014 / Ecosystems

    World Environment Day 2014

    World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June and was established by the United Nations General Assembly to raise global…

    20 May 2014 / Ecosystems

    Wwf Oasis Day

    The WWF Oasis Day will be held on 18 May, a day dedicated to the discovery of the numerous protected…

  • coralli

    29 June 2015 / Ecosystems

    Genetic mutations that help corals

    It is well known that coral reefs around the world are severely damaged due to the temperature of the surface…

  • Herd of elephants at sunset

    19 June 2015 / Ecosystems

    DNA from ivory to save elephants

    Every year approximately 50,000 African elephants are killed out of a population of 500,000 specimens: poaching is driving these animals…

  • giornata_desertificazione

    12 June 2015 / Ecosystems

    World Day to Combat Desertification

    In 1994, the General Assembly of the United Nations declared June 17 "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought" in…

from the Multimedia section

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    Coyote

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    Siberian people

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    Peoples of the steppe

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    ecosystems

    National Parks in the steppe

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    ecosystems

    American buffalo

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  • thu_20105141438501canepraterie

    ecosystems

    Prairie Dogs

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    20105141443451canguro_thu

    ecosystems

    Kangaroo

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  • AGIP..ABERDEEN..F599

    ecosystems

    Vegetation of the steppe

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  • AGIP KAZA F902

    ecosystems

    Peoples of the steppe

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    National Parks in the steppe

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curiosities

  • loess

    The loess

    A peculiar trait of these soils is that they are easily...

  • treno_steppa

    By train through the steppe

    Number Three, this is the official name of the express train (also called Trans-Mongolian Railway)...

  • sputnik

    Sputnik in the steppe

    The steppe was the protagonist of one of the most important events in the history of space explorations. The very…

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