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The Ural Mountains are over 250 million years old and are now considered one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges. It runs for about 1,600 miles throughout the western section of Russia, starting from the coast of Arctic Ocean and it stretches to the northwestern part of Kazakhstan. The mountains serve as a boundary, separating the continents of Asia and Europe.
See the fact file below for more information on the Ural Mountains or alternatively, you can download our 18-page Ural Mountains worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
REGIONS OF THE URAL MOUNTAINS
- There are five regions of the Ural Mountain range. These are:
- The Polar Urals – This mountain range region starts from the northern part of Mt. Konstantinov Kamen to the Khulga River. It runs for about 239 miles. The region is mostly composed of sharp-ridged and flattened rocks.
- The Nether-Polar Urals – In this region, mountain ranges reach as high as 6,217 feet above sea level. The highest ridges are also found in this region. Glacial activities have taken place here since the time of Pleistocene.
- The Northern Ural – Mountain ranges in this region have flattened peaks and reach an altitude between 3,300 to 3,900 feet.
- The Middle Ural – The region has smooth mountain tops, and is the lowest part of the Ural mountain ranges. It has parallel ranges and valleys.
- The Southern Urals – Mountain ranges in this region stretch for about 340 miles. Mt. Yamantau, which is located in this area, has a maximum height of 5,380 feet above sea level.
LAKES AND RIVERS IN THE URAL MOUNTAINS
- Many rivers and lakes come from the Ural mountain ranges. Glaciers melt from the northern parts of the mountain range, which contributes to the high volume of rivers in the West.
- The lakes in the Ural Mountains are deep. The deepest among them is Lake Bolshoye Shchuchye, with a depth of 446 feet. Since there is a lot of mud in these lakes, spas are prevalent.
ECONOMIC SIGNIFICANCE OF THE URAL MOUNTAINS
- The Ural Mountains are rich in mineral resources. Ore deposits such as Magnetite are located in Mt. Vysokohorske and Mt. Blagodat. Other minerals such as Vanadium, Titanium, Copper, nickel, gold, bauxite, platinum, and chromite are located here. Deposits of natural gas and petroleum are present in these mountain ranges.
- With the tremendous amount of mineral resources in the Ural region, industries such as machine building and mining are wide-spread.
FLORA AND FAUNA IN THE URAL MOUNTAINS
- The Ural Mountains are also home to a diverse flora and fauna. In the north, there are many types of conifers and birches. Also, the polar forests in the area are swampy. On the other hand, the southern part of the Ural region has coniferous forests. Animals are also present like vipers, grass snakes, cuckoos, black and hazel grouses, and wolves.
PEOPLE LIVING IN THE URAL MOUNTAINS
- Majority of the people living in the Ural Mountain ranges belong to indigenous groups. These are the following:
- The Nenets: They are Samoyed people who belong to the Pay-Khoy region. Samoyedic languages are spoken by an estimated 25,000 people in the northernmost Eurasia.
- Bashkirs: They are a Turkic ethnic group, one of the largest among the people who are settled in the Ural Mountains.
- Russian people: They are the largest group of people who are living in the Ural Mountains, mostly in the central and southern part of the region. Most of them live in cities nearby the country.
- Komi: They live mainly in between the Pechora and Vychedga rivers in the Ural Mountains. Komi people are Permic-speaking people, belonging to the Finno-Ugric branch of Uralic family.
- Khanty and Mansi: They are the western Siberian people who live in the Ob River region at the center of Russia. In the late 20th century, the population reached approximately at 30,000 people.
Ural Mountains Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Ural Mountains across 18 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Ural Mountains worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the Ural Mountains which are over 250 million years old and are now considered one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges. It runs for about 1,600 miles throughout the western section of Russia, starting from the coast of Arctic Ocean and it stretches to the northwestern part of Kazakhstan. The mountains serve as a boundary, separating the continents of Asia and Europe.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Ural Mountains Facts
- True or False?
- The Urals and the Himalayas
- Recalling the Ural’s Regions
- Mapping the Ural Mountains
- The Ural’s People
- Ural Rocks!
- Rivers in the Ural Mountains
- Forest Destruction in the Urals
- Degradation in the Urals?
- Mining in the Urals
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