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Lake Rankul

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The area round Lake Rankul is virtually a desert. Water-loving primulas grow near the lake and streams, but elsewhere at this high altitude it is a harsh environment for plants. Those that live here have adapted to cold temperatures at night, hot temperatures during the day and strong, dry winds. Most plants grow low and flat - as close to the ground as possible - to get shelter.

Available since: Wed 8 Feb 2012

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Realms of the Russian Bear The Celestial Mountains

2/6 Creatures of the USSR's remote mountains ranges, high deserts & inhospitable soda lakes.

First broadcast: 22 Nov 1992

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