Richness of the taiga

Man settled where the climate was milder and caused great agricultural changes (especially in central-northern Europe), sometimes dramatically decreasing conifer forests.
Humus-rich soil is excellent for farming. Corn, barley, oat, sugar beets, sunflowers and potatoes are grown there, while breeding concerns cattle, sheep and horses.
Forests are also commercially exploited to make timber and cellulose pulp.
Birches provide light and easily workable timber (excellent to make Russian dolls and balalaikas) and produces a very strong and light cellulose, used to make airmail paper. In the Siberian taiga, Russians are building roads and railways to connect the dwellings of the personnel in charge of digging precious ores or extracting oil and natural gas.

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