Birch in the Olkhon Steppe

Publication type Article
Status Published
Affiliation: Siberian Institute of Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, Siberian Branch of RAS
Address: Irkutsk, Russia
Affiliation: Institute of the Earth's Crust, Siberian Branch of RAS
Address: Irkutsk, Russia
Journal namePriroda
EditionIssue №12

The presented report describes a unique birch tree, discovered by researchers in the steppe part of Olkhon Island in Lake Baikal. At all seasons a solitary tree can withstand the onslaught of strong Baikal winds and the drying heat of the sandy steppe. Despite the extreme conditions, the birch tree managed to form an ideal external shape inherent to an erect forest tree. The classical appearance of birch is preserved due to the high adaptive potential of the species.

KeywordsBaikal, island Olkhon, sandy steppe, birch, ecological factories
Publication date14.01.2019
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