What is steppe?

  • (noun): Extensive plain without trees (associated with eastern Russia and Siberia).

Steppe

In physical geography, a steppe (from Russian: степь, step';, further derivation unknown; Turkish: bozkır) is an ecoregion, in the montane grasslands and shrublands and temperate grasslands, savannas, and shrublands biomes, characterized by grassland plains without trees apart from those near rivers and lakes. The prairie (especially the shortgrass and mixed prairie) is an example of a steppe, though it is not usually called such. It may be semi-desert, or covered with grass or shrubs or both, depending on the season and latitude. The term is also used to denote the climate encountered in regions too dry to support a forest, but not dry enough to be a desert. The soil is typically of chernozem type.

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Locations - Subtropical Steppe
... In Europe, some Mediterranean areas have a steppe-like vegetation, such as central Sicily, southern Portugal, parts of Greece in the southern Athens area ... In Asia, a subtropical steppe can be found in semi-arid lands that fringe the Thar Desert of the Indian subcontinent ... In Australia, "subtropical steppe" can found in a belt surrounding the most severe deserts of the continent and around the Musgrave Ranges ...
Steppe Field Mouse
... The steppe field mouse (Apodemus witherbyi) is a species of rodent in the family Muridae ... fulvipectus) were considered conspecific with the steppe field mouse by Musser and Carleton (2005) ...
Steppe (disambiguation)
... Steppe is the ecological zone that is defined as a field lacking trees ... Steppe may also refer to Eurasian Steppe, the Eurasian steppe reaching from Mongolia to Hungary Harry Steppe, a Jewish-American Vaudeville actor The Jewish Steppe, a ...
Alpine-steppe
... The alpine-steppe ecoregion is a high altitude natural grassland, in the montane grasslands and shrublands biome ... The alpine-steppe receives very little rainfall ...
Steppe Belt
... A steppe belt is a contiguous phytogeographic region of predominantly grassland (steppe), which has common characteristics in soil, climate, vegetation and ... A forest-steppe belt is a region of forest steppe ... The largest steppe and (forest-steppe) belt is the Eurasian steppe belt which stretches from Central Europe via Ukraine, southern Russia, northern ...