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

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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

  • 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…

    29 April 2013 / Ecosystems

    Intruders in the Mediterranean

    Mare Nostrum The Mediterranean Sea (Mare Nostrum, Latin for “Our Sea”) has always been considered of fundamental importance for the…

    1 August 2012 / Ecosystems

    Holidays, yes! but they must be sustainable!

    Sustainable holidays Lately we have been speaking of sustainable behaviours to apply to our daily life, but what happens when…

  • 8 July 2011 / Ecosystems

    Who's coming to dinner

    A shark in my hamburger Summer is finally here! As usual, we have waited for it all year long and…

    8 April 2011 / Ecosystems

    Protected areas

    Taking a look at the past Protecting nature, at least as a general concept, has rather old origins; in fact…

    15 March 2008 / Ecosystems

    Biodiversity

    Defining biodiversity Much is said about biodiversity and of the need to protect it. But what is biodiversity? And why…

  • 1 November 2007 / Ecosystems

    The environment and health

    Two faces of the same coin The topic of the relationship between the environment and health is very transversal, i.e.…

    13 October 2007 / Ecosystems

    Environmental risk in Nepal

    Institutional management The government institution in charge of management of natural resources in Nepal, is the Ministry of Population and…

    1 June 2007 / Ecosystems

    Nepal’s natural resources

    The country Morphological characteristics Nepal is a relatively small country with a total area of little less than 150,000 square…

  • 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…

    29 April 2013 / Ecosystems

    Intruders in the Mediterranean

    Mare Nostrum The Mediterranean Sea (Mare Nostrum, Latin for “Our Sea”) has always been considered of fundamental importance for the…

  • 1 August 2012 / Ecosystems

    Holidays, yes! but they must be sustainable!

    Sustainable holidays Lately we have been speaking of sustainable behaviours to apply to our daily life, but what happens when…

    8 July 2011 / Ecosystems

    Who's coming to dinner

    A shark in my hamburger Summer is finally here! As usual, we have waited for it all year long and…

  • 8 April 2011 / Ecosystems

    Protected areas

    Taking a look at the past Protecting nature, at least as a general concept, has rather old origins; in fact…

    15 March 2008 / Ecosystems

    Biodiversity

    Defining biodiversity Much is said about biodiversity and of the need to protect it. But what is biodiversity? And why…

  • 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…

  • 29 April 2013 / Ecosystems

    Intruders in the Mediterranean

    Mare Nostrum The Mediterranean Sea (Mare Nostrum, Latin for “Our Sea”) has always been considered of fundamental importance for the…

  • 1 August 2012 / Ecosystems

    Holidays, yes! but they must be sustainable!

    Sustainable holidays Lately we have been speaking of sustainable behaviours to apply to our daily life, but what happens when…

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curiosities

  • The loess

    A peculiar trait of these soils is that they are easily moved by the wind: the vegetation has shallow roots,that…

    By train through the steppe

    Number Three, this is the official name of the express train (also called Trans-Mongolian Railway), is the best and most…

    Sputnik in the steppe

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

  • A witness of the ancient times

    Baltic amber is largely used to make jewels. Amber is a resin that took origin thousands of years ago from…

    Treatment with lime trees

    Some parts of the plants have healing properties: lime trees are among the most common ones. Lime trees (Tilia cordata)…

    Resin from tree bark

    Resin naturally forms underneath the bark of some trees, that are therefore called resinous trees. Resin, that can be easily…

  • Projects to restock species

    The restocking of extinct species is one of the strategies that have been implemented in the attempt to protect and…

    Myths and legends of the forest

    The dark and mysterious shadows of the forest are populated by fabulous creatures that have existed in men’s dreams for…

    From game “preserves” to natural reserves

    In the old times, parks were set up as game "preserves" for the exclusive benefit of the upper classes: game…

  • The loess

    A peculiar trait of these soils is that they are easily moved by the wind: the vegetation has shallow roots,that…

    By train through the steppe

    Number Three, this is the official name of the express train (also called Trans-Mongolian Railway), is the best and most…

  • Sputnik in the steppe

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

    A witness of the ancient times

    Baltic amber is largely used to make jewels. Amber is a resin that took origin thousands of years ago from…

  • Treatment with lime trees

    Some parts of the plants have healing properties: lime trees are among the most common ones. Lime trees (Tilia cordata)…

    Resin from tree bark

    Resin naturally forms underneath the bark of some trees, that are therefore called resinous trees. Resin, that can be easily…

  • The loess

    A peculiar trait of these soils is that they are easily moved by the wind: the vegetation has shallow roots,that…

  • By train through the steppe

    Number Three, this is the official name of the express train (also called Trans-Mongolian Railway), is the best and most…

  • 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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