Central Asian southern desert

WWF Abstract

The Central Asian Southern Desert is one of the richest desert complexes in Asia, comparable only to the neighboring Central Asian Northern Desert ecoregion. No other desert in the world features the combination of such extremely cold winter temperatures and blistering hot summers. Plants and animals here have had to develop special adaptations to survive these fluctuations. As a result, these organisms are highly specialized and many are endemic. Reptiles, mammals, and insects such as the scarab beetles have all adapted to this ecoregion.
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Ecozone:Palearctic
Biome:Deserts and Xeric Shrublands
Countries:Turkmenistan stretching, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan
Area:140,031,998 acres (56,668,939 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
Climate:View Climate Data
Land Use:View Land Use Data

Protected Areas

Kaplankyr Zapovednik State Nature Reserve
Khazar Zapovednik State Nature Reserve
Repetek Biosphere Reserve
Ustyurtskiy Reserve State Nature Reserve
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER