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Vertebrate Animals

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Vertebrate Animals

Mammals and Birds of Naurzum Zapovednik


The largest of the mammal species found in the zapovednik are the wolf, moose and wild boar. The saiga antelope, once an abundant species in the zapovednik, has disappeared from the area due to disease. These antelope are unique to Kazakhstan and some parts of Russia. Other mammals include: roe deer, lynx, particolored bat, polecats (similar to ferrets), weasels, foxes, badger, pine marten and ermine.

Plants in Kazakhstan

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Plants in Kazakhstan

Flora of Naurzum Zapovednik


 About a third of Naurzum Zapovednik is occupied by steppe vegetation. At the end of April, the steppe is covered completely by a carpet of colorful flowers. At the end of May and beginning of June, the grasslands are covered in silver-colored feather grass that moves in the wind like ocean waves.

 

Lakes

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Lakes

Lakes: Aksuat, Sari-Moen, Katantal, Jarkol


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Sip-Sin

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Sip-Sin

Sip-Sin 


sip-sinSip-Sin covers 7,000 ha of the reserve's territory. This area includes wavy, sandy steppe with scattered birch and aspen trees, seasonal salt and scattered small lakes. Some pine groves can be found in its central area. This area resembles the forest-steppe lands of western Siberia.

 

 

 

Tersek

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Tersek

Tersek 


TersekTersek covers 6,700 ha of the zapovednik. The pines here grow as a long band, rather than in groups like Naurzum, and are surrounded by steppe.

Naurzum

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Naurzum

Naurzum 


NaurzumNaurzum is the central section of the reserve, covering 71,600 ha. Pine forests, covering 160 sq. km, steppe and the lake systems, Aksuat and Sari-Moen, are found in this area. The pine trees grow on sandy hills with aspen and birch trees separated by steppe and sometimes saline lakes. When looking at this area from a distance, the small groups of trees and open prairie look similar to an African safari.

Full map

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Full map

where is kazakstan?

Kazakstan borders Russia, Mongolia, and China on the continent of Asia.

Where In The World Is Kazakhstan?

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Where In The World Is Kazakhstan?

By Heather Triplett
Illustrated by Dr. Biology

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  • CIS: Commonwealth of Independent States; The Former Soviet Union.
  • Calcium carbonate: the leftover material when shells, bones etc. breakdown.
  • Community Ecology: study of all interactions within an ecosystem.
  • Ecosystem: a group of different plants and animals that live together and are dependent on the area in which they live.
  • Land-locked: surrounded on all sides by land; no access to large bodies of water.
  • Saline: salty.
  • Steppe: prairie or grassland
  • Vertebrate: the major division of animals that have a backbone (spinal column) which is made up of several different sections... more
  • Zapovednik(i): a Russian word for national nature reserve.

Where in the world is Kazakhstan (Ka-zakh-ston)? This may be a puzzling question to some. However, the following summary of Kazakhstan will help put the pieces together!

Using the Scientific Method to Solve Mysteries

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Using the Scientific Method to Solve Mysteries

By CJ Kazilek and David Pearson
Illustrated by CJ Kazilek

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  • Biased: when someone presents only one viewpoint. Biased articles do not give all the facts and often mislead the reader.
  • Conclusion: what a person decides based on information they get through research including experiments.
  • Method: following a certain set of steps to make something, or find an answer to a question. Like baking a pie or fixing the tire on a bicycle.
  • Research: looking for answers to questions using tools like the scientific method.

What is the scientific method?

Conclusions

Conclusions

So what can we conclude from this study so far?

One, that the wastewater chemistry is very different from that of natural waters, contain high concentrations of nutrients. Two, saltcedar dominates the riparian plant community in basal area and density for both the effluent and control sites. Three, the rate of growth in all three tree species increases when exposed to wastewater. And four, there appears to be more birds using the wastewater site than the natural site, with fish-eaters and blackbirds having the greatest impact.

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