The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of the Putorana Plateau with a portfolio of photos that illustrate the diversity of landscape features, vegetation and some of the typical wildlife. The southern portion of the plateau is covered by taiga forests which penetrate north along river valleys as shown at the start of the slideshow. A feature of the plateau’s location within the Arctic Circle is the appearance of the Aurora borealis, a spectacular night-time light display resulting from disturbance in the magnetosphere caused by solar wind. At this latitude the polar day (with 24 hours of daylight) last 53 days during summer and the polar night (with perpetual darkness) 31 days through most of December into January. Hence all the photos in the slideshow illustrate the site during the summer months when most of the snow has cleared and waterfalls are ice-free.
Amongst the birds and mammals, photos of capercaillie, white-tailed eagle, bar-headed and red-breasted geese are included, as well as a couple of images of reindeer and the Putorana snow sheep (an endemic sub-species). The State Nature Reserve (Zapovednik) has no roads and is only accessible by helicopter or boat; a strict protection regime is in place, with only scientific research and monitoring allowed. However, this strictly protected area is embedded within a wider buffer zone, where fishing and hiking are allowed, and some very large fish can be landed from the cold water lakes and rivers!
The following Flickr photographers and other sources are acknowledged with thanks for their contributions to this slideshow: Imran-Shah, Terje-Asphaug, Alex-Goliakov, Andrey-K, Dmitry-Nazarov, Eugene-Morozov, luck-o-matic, m_hkimmel, Viewjom2, Yury-Meklin, Sergey-Gorshkov-naturepl, Kentish-Plumber, dration, Sergey-Yeliseev, Smudge-9000 and Nancy-O.
Lakes, Freshwater Wetlands & Glaciers;
Temperate & Boreal Forests;
Temperate Grasslands, Steppes, Shrub-Lands & Tundra
Area: 18,873 km2
- Exceptional natural phenomenon (vii);
- Outstanding natural beauty (vii);
- Ecological processes (ix);