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Coordinates: 60°0′N 105°0′E / 60.000°N 105.000°E / 60.000; 105.000

Siberia

Russian: Сибирь (Sibir)

Geographical region

       Siberian Federal District        Geographic Russian Siberia        North Asia

Country  Russia,  Kazakhstan

Region North Asia

Borders on West: Ural Mountains North: Arctic
Arctic
Ocean East: Pacific
Pacific
Ocean South: Kazakhstan, Mongolia, China

Parts West Siberian Plain Central Siberian Plateau others...

Highest point Klyuchevskaya Sopka

 - elevation 4,649 m (15,253 ft)

Area 13,100,000 km2 (5,057,938 sq mi)

Population 36,000,000 (2017)

Density 2.7/km2 (7/sq mi)

Siberia
Siberia
(/saɪˈbɪəriə/; Russian: Сиби́рь, tr. Sibir', IPA: [sʲɪˈbʲirʲ] ( listen)) is an extensive geographical region, and by the broadest definition is also known as North Asia. Siberia
Siberia
has historically been a part of Russia
Russia
since the 16th and 17th centuries. The territory of Siberia
Siberia
extends eastwards from the Ural Mountains
Ural Mountains
to the watershed between the Pacific
Pacific
and Arctic
Arctic
drainage basins. The Yenisei River
Yenisei River
conditionally divides Siberia
Siberia
into two parts, Western and Eastern. Siberia
Siberia
stretches southwards from the Arctic Ocean
Arctic Ocean
to the hills of north-central Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
and to the national borders of Mongolia
Mongolia
and China.[1] With an area of 13.1 million square kilometres (5,100,000 sq mi), Siberia
Siberia
accounts for 77% of Russia's land area, but it is home to just 40 million people—27% of the country's population. This is equivalent to an average population density of about 3 inhabitants per square kilometre (7.8/sq mi) (approximately equal to that of Australia), making Siberia
Siberia
one of the most sparsely populated regions on Earth. If it were a country by itself, it would still be the largest country in area, but in population it would be the world's 35th-largest and Asia's 14th-largest. Worldwide, Siberia
Siberia
is well known primarily for its long, harsh winters, with a January average of −25 °C (−13 °F),[where?] as well as its extensive history of use by Russian and Soviet administrations as a place for prisons, labor camps, and exile.

Contents

1 Etymology 2 Prehistory 3 History 4 Geography

4.1 Mountain ranges 4.2 Lakes and rivers 4.3 Grasslands 4.4 Geology 4.5 Climate

5 Fauna

5.1 Order Artiodactyla 5.2 Order Carnivora

5.2.1 Family Felidae 5.2.2 Family Ursidae

6 Flora 7 Politics 8 Borders and administrative division

8.1 Major cities

9 Economy 10 Sport 11 Demographics 12 Religion 13 Transport 14 Culture

14.1 Cuisine

15 See also 16 References 17 Bibliography 18 External links

Etymology[edit] The origin of the name is unknown. Some sources say that "Siberia" originates from the Siberian Tatar
Siberian Tatar
word for "sleeping land" (Sib Ir).[2] Another account sees the name as the ancient tribal ethnonym of the Sirtya (ru) (also "Syopyr" (sʲɵpᵻr)), a folk, which spoke a language that later evolved into the Ugric languages. This ethnic group was later assimilated to the Siberian Tatar
Siberian Tatar
people. The modern usage of the name was recorded in the Russian language after the Empire's conquest of the Siberian Khanate. A further variant claims that the region was named after the Xibe people.[3] The Polish historian Chycliczkowski has proposed that the name derives from the proto-Slavic word for "north" (север, sever),[4] but Anatole Baikaloff has dismissed this explanation.[5] He said that the neighbouring Chinese, Turks and Mongolians (who have similar names for the region) would not have known Russian. He suggests that the name is a combination of two words with Turkic origin, "su" (water) and "bir" (wild land). Prehistory[edit] The region is of paleontological significance, as it contains bodies of prehistoric animals from the Pleistocene
Pleistocene
Epoch, preserved in ice or permafrost. Specimens of Goldfuss cave lion cubs, Yuka (mammoth)
Yuka (mammoth)
and another woolly mammoth from Oymyakon, a woolly rhinoceros from the Kolyma
Kolyma
River, and bison and horses from Yukagir
Yukagir
have been found here.[6] The Siberian Traps
Siberian Traps
were formed by one of the largest-known volcanic events of the last 500 million years of Earth's geological history. They continued for a million years and are considered a possible cause of the "Great Dying" about 250 million years ago,[7] which is estimated to have killed 90% of species existing at the time.[8] At least three species of human lived in Southern Siberia
Siberia
around 40,000 years ago: H. sapiens, H. neanderthalensis, and the Denisovans.[9] The last was determined in 2010, by DNA evidence, to be a new species. History[edit] Main articles: History of Siberia
History of Siberia
and List of Russian explorers

Chukchi, one of many indigenous peoples of Siberia

Siberia
Siberia
was inhabited by different groups of nomads such as the Enets, the Nenets, the Huns, the Scythians
Scythians
and the Uyghurs. The Khan of Sibir in the vicinity of modern Tobolsk
Tobolsk
was known as a prominent figure who endorsed Kubrat
Kubrat
as Khagan of Old Great Bulgaria
Old Great Bulgaria
in 630. The Mongols conquered a large part of this area early in the 13th century.[citation needed]

The map of the Siberian route in the 18th century (green) and the early 19th century (red).

With the breakup of the Golden Horde, the autonomous Khanate of Sibir was established in the late 15th century. Turkic-speaking Yakut migrated north from the Lake Baikal
Lake Baikal
region under pressure from the Mongol
Mongol
tribes during the 13th to 15th century.[10] Siberia
Siberia
remained a sparsely populated area. Historian John F. Richards wrote: "... it is doubtful that the total early modern Siberian population exceeded 300,000 persons."[11] The growing power of Russia
Russia
in the West began to undermine the Siberian Khanate
Siberian Khanate
in the 16th century. First, groups of traders and Cossacks began to enter the area. The Russian Army was directed to establish forts farther and farther east to protect new settlers from European Russia. Towns such as Mangazeya, Tara, Yeniseysk
Yeniseysk
and Tobolsk were developed, the last being declared the capital of Siberia. At this time, Sibir was the name of a fortress at Qashlik, near Tobolsk. Gerardus Mercator, in a map published in 1595, marks Sibier both as the name of a settlement and of the surrounding territory along a left tributary of the Ob.[12] Other sources[which?] contend that the Xibe, an indigenous Tungusic people, offered fierce resistance to Russian expansion beyond the Urals. Some suggest that the term "Siberia" is a Russification of their ethnonym. By the mid-17th century, Russia
Russia
had established areas of control that extended to the Pacific. Some 230,000 Russians
Russians
had settled in Siberia by 1709.[13] Siberia
Siberia
was a destination for sending exiles.[14] The first great modern change in Siberia
Siberia
was the Trans-Siberian Railway, constructed during 1891–1916. It linked Siberia
Siberia
more closely to the rapidly industrialising Russia
Russia
of Nicholas II. Around seven million people moved to Siberia
Siberia
from European Russia
Russia
between 1801 and 1914.[15] From 1859 to 1917, more than half a million people migrated to the Russian Far East.[16] Siberia
Siberia
has extensive natural resources. During the 20th century, large-scale exploitation of these was developed, and industrial towns cropped up throughout the region.[17]

Siberian Cossack
Cossack
family in Novosibirsk

At 7:15 a.m. on 30 June 1908, millions of trees were felled near the Podkamennaya Tunguska (Stony Tunguska) River in central Siberia
Siberia
in the Tunguska Event. Most scientists believe this resulted from the air burst of a meteor or a comet. Even though no crater has ever been found, the landscape in the (uninhabited) area still bears the scars of this event. In the early decades of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
(especially the 1930s and 1940s), the government established the GULAG
GULAG
state agency to administer a system of penal labour camps, replacing the previous katorga system.[18] According to semi-official Soviet estimates, which were not made public until after the fall of the Soviet government, from 1929 to 1953 more than 14 million people passed through these camps and prisons, many of which were in Siberia. Another 7 to 8 million people were internally deported to remote areas of the Soviet Union (including entire nationalities or ethnicities in several cases).[19] Half a million (516,841) prisoners died in camps from 1941 to 1943[20] due to food shortages caused by World War II. At other periods, mortality was comparatively lower.[21] The size, scope, and scale of the GULAG
GULAG
slave labour camps remains a subject of much research and debate. Many Gulag
Gulag
camps were positioned in extremely remote areas of northeastern Siberia. The best known clusters are Sevvostlag
Sevvostlag
(The North-East Camps) along the Kolyma River
Kolyma River
and Norillag
Norillag
near Norilsk, where 69,000 prisoners were kept in 1952.[22] Major industrial cities of Northern Siberia, such as Norilsk
Norilsk
and Magadan, developed from camps built by prisoners and run by ex-prisoners.[23] Geography[edit] Further information: Geography of Russia
Russia
and Geography of North Asia

Gulf of Ob Novaya Zemlya Kara Sea Yenisei Ob

Taymyr Peninsula Severnaya Zemlya Arctic
Arctic
Ocean Central Siberian Plateau Siberian Federal District

Lena Sakha Republic Laptev Sea New Siberian Islands Kolyma Verkhoyansk
Verkhoyansk
Range

Urals Federal District Kazakhstan Ob Irtysh Altai Tian Shan Syr Darya Taklamakan Himalayas Pamir Hindukush Tibetan

Lake Baikal Mongolia Gobi North China
China
Plain Yangtze Plain Plateau

Stanovoy Range Manchuria Korea Sakhalin Amur Sea of Okhotsk Japan Pacific
Pacific
Ocean

Physical map of Northern Asia.

Altai, Lake Kutsherla in the Altai Mountains

The peninsula of Svyatoy Nos, Lake Baikal

Vasyugan River
Vasyugan River
in the southern West Siberian Plain

Siberian taiga

Koryaksky
Koryaksky
volcano towering over Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
on the Kamchatka Peninsula

With an area of 13.1 million square kilometres (5,100,000 sq mi), Siberia
Siberia
makes up roughly 77% of Russia's total territory and almost 10% of Earth's land surface (148,940,000 km2, 57,510,000 sq mi). While Siberia falls entirely within Asia, many authorities such as the UN geoscheme will not subdivide countries and will place all of Russia
Russia
as part of Europe
Europe
and/or Eastern Europe. Major geographical zones include the West Siberian Plain
West Siberian Plain
and the Central Siberian Plateau. Eastern and central Sakha comprises numerous north-south mountain ranges of various ages. These mountains extend up to almost 3,000 metres (9,800 ft), but above a few hundred metres they are almost completely devoid of vegetation. The Verkhoyansk Range
Verkhoyansk Range
was extensively glaciated in the Pleistocene, but the climate was too dry for glaciation to extend to low elevations. At these low elevations are numerous valleys, many of them deep and covered with larch forest, except in the extreme north where the tundra dominates. Soils are mainly turbels (a type of gelisol). The active layer tends to be less than one metre deep, except near rivers. The highest point in Siberia
Siberia
is the active volcano Klyuchevskaya Sopka, on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Its peak is at 4,750 metres (15,580 ft). Mountain ranges[edit]

Altai Mountains Anadyr Range Baikal Mountains Chamar-Daban Chersky Range Dzhugdzhur Mountains Gydan Mountains Koryak Mountains Sayan Mountains Tannu-Ola Mountains Ural Mountains Verkhoyansk
Verkhoyansk
Mountains Yablonoi Mountains

Lakes and rivers[edit] Main article: Rivers in Russia

Anabar River Angara River Indigirka River Irtysh River Kolyma
Kolyma
River Lake Baikal Lena River Lower Tunguska River Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk
Reservoir Ob River Popigay River Stony Tunguska River Upper Angara River Uvs Nuur Yana River Yenisei River

Grasslands[edit]

Ukok Plateau — part of a UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage Site[24]

Geology[edit] The West Siberian Plain
West Siberian Plain
consists mostly of Cenozoic
Cenozoic
alluvial deposits and is somewhat flat. Many deposits on this plain result from ice dams which produced a large glacial lake. This mid- to late-Pleistocene lake blocked the northward flow of the Ob and Yenisei rivers, resulting in a redirection southwest into the Caspian and Aral seas via the Turgai Valley.[25] The area is very swampy, and soils are mostly peaty histosols and, in the treeless northern part, histels. In the south of the plain, where permafrost is largely absent, rich grasslands that are an extension of the Kazakh Steppe
Kazakh Steppe
formed the original vegetation, most of which is not visible anymore.[why?] The Central Siberian Plateau
Central Siberian Plateau
is an ancient craton (sometimes named Angaraland) that formed an independent continent before the Permian (see the Siberian continent). It is exceptionally rich in minerals, containing large deposits of gold, diamonds, and ores of manganese, lead, zinc, nickel, cobalt and molybdenum. Much of the area includes the Siberian Traps—a large igneous province. This massive eruptive period was approximately coincident with the Permian–Triassic extinction event. The volcanic event is said to be the largest known volcanic eruption in Earth's history. Only the extreme northwest was glaciated during the Quaternary, but almost all is under exceptionally deep permafrost, and the only tree that can thrive, despite the warm summers, is the deciduous Siberian Larch
Larch
(Larix sibirica) with its very shallow roots. Outside the extreme northwest, the taiga is dominant, covering a significant fraction of the entirety of Siberia.[26] Soils here are mainly turbels, giving way to spodosols where the active layer becomes thicker and the ice content lower.

Belukha Mountain

Autumn forest in the eastern Sayan Mountains, Buryatia

The Lena-Tunguska petroleum province includes the Central Siberian platform (some authors refer to it as the Eastern Siberian platform), bounded on the northeast and east by the Late Carboniferous
Late Carboniferous
through Jurassic
Jurassic
Verkhoyansk
Verkhoyansk
foldbelt, on the northwest by the Paleozoic
Paleozoic
Taymr foldbelt, and on the southeast, south and southwest by the Middle Silurian
Silurian
to Middle Devonian
Middle Devonian
Baykalian foldbelt.[27]:228 A regional geologic reconnaissance study begun in 1932, followed by surface and subsurface mapping, revealed the Markova-Angara Arch (anticline). This led to the discovery of the Markovo Oil
Oil
Field in 1962 with the Markovo 1 well, which produced from the Early Cambrian
Early Cambrian
Osa Horizon bar-sandstone at a depth of 2,156 metres (7,073 ft).[27]:243 The Sredne-Botuobin Gas Field was discovered in 1970, producing from the Osa and the Proterozoic
Proterozoic
Parfenovo Horizon.[27]:244 The Yaraktin Oil
Oil
Field was discovered in 1971, producing from the Vendian
Vendian
Yaraktin Horizon at depths of up to 1,750 metres (5,740 ft), which lies below Permian
Permian
to Lower Jurassic basalt traps.[27]:244 Climate[edit] Main article: Climate of Russia

     polar desert      tundra      alpine tundra      taiga      montane forest      temperate broadleaf forest      temperate steppe      dry steppe

Vegetation in Siberia
Siberia
is mostly taiga, with a tundra belt on the northern fringe, and a temperate forest zone in the south.

The climate of Siberia
Siberia
varies dramatically, but all of it basically has short summers and long and extremely cold winters. On the north coast, north of the Arctic
Arctic
Circle, there is a very short (about one-month-long) summer.

Taiga
Taiga
near Lake Baikal

Almost all the population lives in the south, along the Trans-Siberian Railway. The climate in this southernmost part is Humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) with cold winters but fairly warm summers lasting at least four months. The annual average is about 0.5 °C (32.9 °F). January averages about −20 °C (−4 °F) and July about +19 °C (66 °F) while daytime temperatures in summer typically are above 20 °C (68 °F).[28][29] With a reliable growing season, an abundance of sunshine and exceedingly fertile chernozem soils, southern Siberia
Siberia
is good enough for profitable agriculture, as was proven in the early 20th century. By far the most commonly occurring climate in Siberia
Siberia
is continental subarctic (Koppen Dfc or Dwc), with the annual average temperature about −5 °C (23 °F) and an average for January of −25 °C (−13 °F) and an average for July of +17 °C (63 °F),[30] although this varies considerably, with a July average about 10 °C (50 °F) in the taiga–tundra ecotone. The Business oriented website and blog Business Insider lists Verkhoyansk
Verkhoyansk
and Oymyakon, in Siberia's Sakha Republic, as being in competition for the title of the Northern Hemisphere's Pole of Cold. Oymyakon
Oymyakon
is a village which recorded a temperature of −67.7 °C (−89.9 °F) on 6 February 1933. Verkhoyansk, a town further north and further inland, recorded a temperature of −69.8 °C (−93.6 °F) for 3 consecutive nights: 5, 6 and 7 February 1933. Each town is alternately considered the Northern Hemisphere's Pole of Cold, meaning the coldest inhabited point in the Northern hemisphere. Each town also frequently reaches 86 °F (30 °C) in the summer, giving them, and much of the rest of Russian Siberia, the world's greatest temperature variation between summer's highs and winter's lows, often being well over 170–180+°F (94–100+°C) between the seasons.[31][not in citation given] Southwesterly winds bring warm air from Central Asia
Central Asia
and the Middle East. The climate in West Siberia
Siberia
(Omsk, Novosibirsk) is several degrees warmer than in the East (Irkutsk, Chita) where in the north an extreme winter subarctic climate (Köppen Dfd or Dwd) prevails. But summer temperatures in other regions can reach +38 °C (100 °F). In general, Sakha is the coldest Siberian region, and the basin of the Yana River
Yana River
has the lowest temperatures of all, with permafrost reaching 1,493 metres (4,898 ft). Nevertheless, as far as Imperial Russian plans of settlement were concerned, cold was never viewed as an impediment. In the winter, southern Siberia
Siberia
sits near the center of the semi-permanent Siberian High, so winds are usually light in the winter. Precipitation
Precipitation
in Siberia
Siberia
is generally low, exceeding 500 millimetres (20 in) only in Kamchatka where moist winds flow from the Sea of Okhotsk onto high mountains – producing the region's only major glaciers, though volcanic eruptions and low summer temperatures allow limited forests to grow. Precipitation
Precipitation
is high also in most of Primorye in the extreme south where monsoonal influences can produce quite heavy summer rainfall.

Climate data for Novosibirsk, Siberia's largest city

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °C (°F) −12.2 (10) −10.3 (13.5) −2.6 (27.3) 8.1 (46.6) 17.5 (63.5) 24.0 (75.2) 25.7 (78.3) 22.2 (72) 16.6 (61.9) 6.8 (44.2) −2.9 (26.8) −8.9 (16) 7.0 (44.6)

Daily mean °C (°F) −16.2 (2.8) −14.7 (5.5) −7.2 (19) 3.2 (37.8) 11.6 (52.9) 18.2 (64.8) 20.2 (68.4) 17.0 (62.6) 11.5 (52.7) 3.4 (38.1) −6.0 (21.2) −12.7 (9.1) 2.4 (36.3)

Average low °C (°F) −20.1 (−4.2) −19.1 (−2.4) −11.8 (10.8) −1.7 (28.9) 5.6 (42.1) 12.3 (54.1) 14.7 (58.5) 11.7 (53.1) 6.4 (43.5) 0.0 (32) −9.1 (15.6) −16.4 (2.5) −2.3 (27.9)

Average precipitation mm (inches) 19 (0.75) 14 (0.55) 15 (0.59) 24 (0.94) 36 (1.42) 58 (2.28) 72 (2.83) 66 (2.6) 44 (1.73) 38 (1.5) 32 (1.26) 24 (0.94) 442 (17.4)

Source: [32]

Researchers, including Sergei Kirpotin at Tomsk State University and Judith Marquand at Oxford University, warn that Western Siberia
Western Siberia
has begun to thaw as a result of global warming. The frozen peat bogs in this region may hold billions of tons of methane gas, which may be released into the atmosphere. Methane is a greenhouse gas 22 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.[33] In 2008, a research expedition for the American Geophysical Union
American Geophysical Union
detected levels of methane up to 100 times above normal in the atmosphere above the Siberian Arctic, likely the result of methane clathrates being released through holes in a frozen 'lid' of seabed permafrost, around the outfall of the Lena River and the area between the Laptev Sea
Laptev Sea
and East Siberian Sea.[34][35] Fauna[edit]

A Siberian tigress and cub.

Order Artiodactyla[edit]

Manchurian wapiti[36] Siberian musk deer[37]

Order Carnivora[edit] Family Felidae[edit]

Amur leopard[38] Amur tiger[39]

Family Ursidae[edit]

Asian black bear[40] Brown bear[41] Polar bear

Flora[edit]

Picea obovata[42] Pinus pumila[43]

Politics[edit] Main article: Siberian regionalism

Siberian flag used by Siberian separatists

Borders and administrative division[edit]

Map of the most populated area of Siberia
Siberia
with clickable city names (SVG)

Comparison of the nine biggest Siberian cities' growth in the 20th century

The term "Siberia" has a long history. Its meaning has gradually changed during ages. Historically, Siberia
Siberia
was defined as the whole part of Russia
Russia
to the east of Ural Mountains, including the Russian Far East. According to this definition, Siberia
Siberia
extended eastward from the Ural Mountains
Ural Mountains
to the Pacific
Pacific
coast, and southward from the Arctic Ocean
Ocean
to the border of Russian Central Asia
Central Asia
and the national borders of both Mongolia
Mongolia
and China.[44] Soviet-era sources ( Great Soviet Encyclopedia
Great Soviet Encyclopedia
and others)[45] and modern Russian ones[46] usually define Siberia
Siberia
as a region extending eastward from the Ural Mountains
Ural Mountains
to the watershed between Pacific
Pacific
and Arctic
Arctic
drainage basins, and southward from the Arctic Ocean
Arctic Ocean
to the hills of north-central Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan
and the national borders of both Mongolia
Mongolia
and China. By this definition, Siberia
Siberia
includes the federal subjects of the Siberian Federal District, and some of the Ural Federal District, as well as Sakha (Yakutia) Republic, which is a part of the Far Eastern Federal District. Geographically, this definition includes subdivisions of several other subjects of Urals and Far Eastern federal districts, but they are not included administratively. This definition excludes Sverdlovsk Oblast
Sverdlovsk Oblast
and Chelyabinsk
Chelyabinsk
Oblast, both of which are included in some wider definitions of Siberia. Other sources may use either a somewhat wider definition that states the Pacific
Pacific
coast, not the watershed, is the eastern boundary (thus including the whole Russian Far East)[47] or a somewhat narrower one that limits Siberia
Siberia
to the Siberian Federal District
Siberian Federal District
(thus excluding all subjects of other districts).[48] In Russian, the word for Siberia is used as a substitute for the name of the federal district by those who live in the district itself and less commonly used to denote the federal district by people residing outside of it.

Ulan-Ude

Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk
is the largest city in Siberia

Federal subjects of Siberia
Siberia
(GSE)

Subject Administrative center

Ural Federal District

Khanty–Mansi Autonomous Okrug Khanty-Mansiysk

Kurgan Oblast Kurgan

Tyumen
Tyumen
Oblast Tyumen

Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug Salekhard

Siberian Federal District

Altai Krai Barnaul

Altai Republic Gorno-Altaysk

Buryat Republic Ulan-Ude

Irkutsk
Irkutsk
Oblast Irkutsk

Republic of Khakassia Abakan

Kemerovo
Kemerovo
Oblast Kemerovo

Krasnoyarsk
Krasnoyarsk
Krai Krasnoyarsk

Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk
Oblast Novosibirsk

Omsk
Omsk
Oblast Omsk

Tomsk
Tomsk
Oblast Tomsk

Tuva
Tuva
Republic Kyzyl

Zabaykalsky Krai Chita

Far Eastern Federal District

Sakha (Yakutia) Republic Yakutsk

Amur waterfront in Khabarovsk

Vladivostok, Primorsky Krai

Yakutsk
Yakutsk
is the capital of the Sakha Republic

Federal subjects of Siberia
Siberia
(in wide sense)

Subject Administrative center

Far Eastern Federal District

Amur Oblast Blagoveshchensk

Chukotka Autonomous Okrug Anadyr

Jewish Autonomous Oblast Birobidzhan

Kamchatka Krai Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Khabarovsk
Khabarovsk
Krai Khabarovsk

Magadan
Magadan
Oblast Magadan

Primorsky Krai Vladivostok

Sakhalin
Sakhalin
Oblast Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Ural Federal District

Chelyabinsk
Chelyabinsk
Oblast Chelyabinsk

Sverdlovsk Oblast Yekaterinburg

Major cities[edit] The most populous city of Siberia, as well as the third most populous city of Russia, is the city of Novosibirsk. Other major cities include:

Barnaul Irkutsk Kemerovo Krasnoyarsk Novokuznetsk Omsk Tomsk Tyumen

Wider definitions of Siberia
Siberia
also include:

Chelyabinsk Khabarovsk Vladivostok Yekaterinburg
Yekaterinburg
- Some sources such as Encyclopædia Britannica
Encyclopædia Britannica
include this city as it lies in the Ural Mountains. Inhabitants have distanced themselves though saying that there is a difference between Siberian and Urals culture.[49]

Economy[edit]

Russia
Russia
is a key oil and gas supplier to much of Europe.

Siberia
Siberia
is extraordinarily rich in minerals, containing ores of almost all economically valuable metals. It has some of the world's largest deposits of nickel, gold, lead, coal, molybdenum, gypsum, diamonds, diopside, silver and zinc, as well as extensive unexploited resources of oil and natural gas.[50] Around 70% of Russia's developed oil fields are in the Khanty-Mansiysk
Khanty-Mansiysk
region.[51] Russia
Russia
contains about 40% of the world's known resources of nickel at the Norilsk
Norilsk
deposit in Siberia. Norilsk
Norilsk
Nickel
Nickel
is the world's biggest nickel and palladium producer.[52] Siberian agriculture
Siberian agriculture
is severely restricted by the short growing season of most of the region. However, in the southwest where soils are exceedingly fertile black earths and the climate is a little more moderate, there is extensive cropping of wheat, barley, rye and potatoes, along with the grazing of large numbers of sheep and cattle. Elsewhere food production, owing to the poor fertility of the podzolic soils and the extremely short growing seasons, is restricted to the herding of reindeer in the tundra—which has been practiced by natives for over 10,000 years.[citation needed] Siberia
Siberia
has the world's largest forests. Timber remains an important source of revenue, even though many forests in the east have been logged much more rapidly than they are able to recover. The Sea of Okhotsk
Sea of Okhotsk
is one of the two or three richest fisheries in the world owing to its cold currents and very large tidal ranges, and thus Siberia
Siberia
produces over 10% of the world's annual fish catch, although fishing has declined somewhat since the collapse of the USSR.[53] Sport[edit]

Bandy
Bandy
at Sibselmash Stadium
Sibselmash Stadium
in Novosibirsk, Siberia's biggest city and the third biggest one in Russia

Professional football teams include FC Tom Tomsk, FC Sibir Novosibirsk and FK Yenisey Krasnoyarsk. The Yenisey Krasnoyarsk
Krasnoyarsk
basketball team has played in the VTB United League since 2011–12. Russia's third most popular sport, bandy,[54] is important in Siberia. In the 2015–16 Russian Bandy
Bandy
Super League season Yenisey from Krasnoyarsk
Krasnoyarsk
became champions for the third year in a row by beating Baykal-Energiya from Irkutsk
Irkutsk
in the final.[55][56] Two or three more teams (depending on the definition of Siberia) play in the Super League, the 2016-17 champions SKA-Neftyanik from Khabarovsk
Khabarovsk
as well as Kuzbass from Kemerovo
Kemerovo
and Sibselmash from Novosibirsk. In 2007 Kemerovo
Kemerovo
got Russia's first indoor arena specifically built for bandy.[57] Now Khabarovsk
Khabarovsk
has the world's biggest indoor arena specifically built for bandy, Arena Yerofey.[58] It will be the venue for Division A of the 2018 World Championship. The 2019 Winter Universiade
2019 Winter Universiade
will be hosted by Krasnoyarsk. Demographics[edit] Main article: Demographics of Siberia

Tomsk, one of the oldest Siberian cities, was founded in 1604.

According to the Russian Census of 2010, the Siberian and Far Eastern Federal Districts, located entirely east of the Ural Mountains, together have a population of about 25.6 million. Tyumen
Tyumen
and Kurgan Oblasts, which are geographically in Siberia
Siberia
but administratively part of the Urals Federal District, together have a population of about 4.3 million. Thus, the whole region of Asian Russia
Russia
(or Siberia
Siberia
in the broadest usage of the term) is home to approximately 30 million people.[59] It has a population density of about three people per square kilometre. All Siberians are Russian citizens, and of these Russian citizens of Siberia, most are Slavic-origin Russians
Russians
and russified Ukrainians.[60] The remaining Russian citizens of Siberia
Siberia
consists of other groups of non-indigenous ethnic origins and those of indigenous Siberian origin. Among the largest non-Slavic group of Russian citizens of Siberia
Siberia
are the approximately 400,000 ethnic Volga Germans.[61] The original indigenous groups of Siberia, including Mongol
Mongol
and Turkic groups such as Buryats, Tuvinians, Yakuts, and Siberian Tatars
Siberian Tatars
still mostly reside in Siberia, though they are minorities outnumbered by all other non-indigenous Siberians. Indeed, Slavic-origin Russians
Russians
by themselves outnumber all of the indigenous peoples combined, both in Siberia
Siberia
as a whole and its cities, except in the Republic of Tuva. Slavic-origin Russians
Russians
make up the majority in the Buryat, Sakha, and Altai Republics, outnumbering the indigenous Buryats, Sakha, and Altai. The Buryat make up only 25% of their own republic, and the Sakha and Altai each are only one-third, and the Chukchi, Evenk, Khanti, Mansi, and Nenets are outnumbered by non-indigenous peoples by 90% of the population.[62] According to the 2002 census there are 500,000 Tatars in Siberia, but of these, 300,000 are Volga Tatars
Volga Tatars
who also settled in Siberia
Siberia
during periods of colonization and are thus also non-indigenous Siberians, in contrast to the 200,000 Siberian Tatars
Siberian Tatars
which are indigenous to Siberia.[63] Of the indigenous Siberians, the Buryats, numbering approximately 500,000, are the most numerous group in Siberia, and they are mainly concentrated in their homeland, the Buryat Republic.[64] According to the 2002 census there were 443,852 indigenous Yakuts.[65] Other ethnic groups indigenous to Siberia
Siberia
include Kets, Evenks, Chukchis, Koryaks, Yupiks, and Yukaghirs. About seventy percent of Siberia's people live in cities, mainly in apartments. Many people also live in rural areas, in simple, spacious, log houses. Novosibirsk
Novosibirsk
is the largest city in Siberia, with a population of about 1.5 million. Tobolsk, Tomsk, Tyumen, Krasnoyarsk, Irkutsk, and Omsk
Omsk
are the older, historical centers. Religion[edit]

Transfiguration Cathedral, Khabarovsk

See also: Shamanism
Shamanism
in Siberia There are a variety of beliefs throughout Siberia,[66][need quotation to verify] including Orthodox Christianity, other denominations of Christianity, Tibetan Buddhism
Tibetan Buddhism
and Islam.[67] An estimated 70,000 Jews live in Siberia,[68] some in the Jewish Autonomous Region.[69] The predominant religious group is the Russian Orthodox Church. Tradition regards Siberia
Siberia
the archetypal home of shamanism, and polytheism is popular.[70] These native sacred practices are considered by the tribes to be very ancient. There are records of Siberian tribal healing practices dating back to the 13th century.[71] The vast territory of Siberia
Siberia
has many different local traditions of gods. These include: Ak Ana, Anapel, Bugady Musun, Kara Khan, Khaltesh-Anki, Kini'je, Ku'urkil, Nga, Nu'tenut, Numi-Torem, Numi-Turum, Pon, Pugu, Todote, Toko'yoto, Tomam, Xaya Iccita, Zonget. Places with sacred areas include Olkhon, an island in Lake Baikal. Transport[edit] Many cities in northern Siberia, such as Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, cannot be reached by road, as there are virtually none connecting from other major cities in Russia
Russia
or Asia. The best way to tour Siberia
Siberia
is through the Trans-Siberian Railway. The Trans-Siberian Railway operates from Moscow in the west to Vladivostok
Vladivostok
in the east. Cities that are located far from the railway are best reached by air or by the separate Baikal-Amur-Railway (BAM). Culture[edit] Cuisine[edit] Stroganina
Stroganina
is a raw fish dish of the indigenous people of northern Arctic
Arctic
Siberia
Siberia
made from raw, thin, long-sliced frozen fish.[72] It is a popular dish with native Siberians.[73] See also[edit]

Siberian regionalism

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