The Info List - Emin Valley Steppe

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The Emin Valley (Chinese: 额敏谷地; pinyin: Émǐn gǔdì) is located on the China- Kazakhstan
border, in Central Asia. It has an area of about 65,000 square kilometres (25,000 sq mi). Its main waterway is the Emil River. Administratively, the Emin Valley occupies areas of Tacheng Prefecture in the Xinjiang
Region of north-western China; and in East Kazakhstan Province of eastern Kazakhstan.


1 Ecology 2 Hydrology 3 See also 4 External links

Ecology[edit] The Emin Valley has a steppe ecosystem of mostly grasslands; with two saline lakes, Alakol and Sasykkol; and mountains with temperate climates. The Emin Valley Steppe
is a Palearctic
ecoregion in the Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands Biome. It lies within the vast and larger Eurasian Steppe. Hydrology[edit] Orographically, the Emil Valley is an endorrheic basin. In the north, the Tarbagatai Mountains separate it from the Lake Zaysan
Lake Zaysan
basin, which is part of the basin of the Irtysh
River, eventually draining into the Arctic Ocean. In the southeast, another series of mountain ranges separate it from the Dzungarian Basin (Gurbantünggüt Desert). The Emin Valley's main watercourse is the Emin (Emil) River, which flows in the general western direction, receiving numerous streams flowing from the Tarbagatai Mountains and carrying their water to Lake Alakol. Lake Alakol
Lake Alakol
and Lake Sasykkol, situated in the western (Kazakhstan) part of the valley, are the homes of the rare Dalmatian pelican
Dalmatian pelican
and relict gull. See also[edit]

Eurasian Steppe Temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Eurasian Steppe.

" Emin Valley steppe". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund.  World Wildlife Fund (2001). " Emin Valley steppe". WildWorld Ecoregion Profile. National Geographic Society. Archived from the original on 2010-03-08. 

temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands

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Alai-Western Tian Shan steppe Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Altai steppe and semi-desert Kazakhstan

Central Anatolian steppe Turkey

Daurian forest steppe China, Mongolia, Russia

Eastern Anatolian montane steppe Armenia, Iran, Turkey

Emin Valley steppe China, Kazakhstan

Faroe Islands
Faroe Islands
boreal grasslands Faroe Islands, Denmark

Gissaro-Alai open woodlands Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Kazakh forest steppe Kazakhstan, Russia

Kazakh steppe Kazakhstan, Russia

Kazakh Uplands Kazakhstan

Middle East steppe Iraq, Syria

Mongolian-Manchurian grassland China, Mongolia, Russia

Pontic steppe Kazakhstan, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria

Sayan Intermontane steppe Russia

Selenge-Orkhon forest steppe Mongolia, Russia

South Siberian forest steppe Russia

Tian Shan foothill arid steppe China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan

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Notable Valleys of China

Baligou Valley Emin Valley Heizhu Valley Insukati Valley Jiuzhaigou
Valley Mutou Valley Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas

Coordinates: 47°30′00″N 82°00′00″E / 47.50000°N 82.00000°E / 47.50000; 82.00000

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