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Forest steppe primarily occurs in a belt of forest steppes across northern Eurasia from the eastern lowlands of Europe to eastern Siberia in northeast Asia. It forms transition ecoregions between the temperate grasslands and temperate broadleaf and mixed forests biomes.
In upper North America another example of the forest steppe ecotone is the aspen parkland, in the central Prairie Provinces, northeastern British Columbia, and North Dakota. It is the transition ecoregion from the Great Plains prairie and steppe temperate grasslands to the Taiga biome forests in the north.
Forest steppe ecoregionsEdit
- East European forest steppe forms a transition between the Central European and Sarmatic mixed forests to the north and the Pontic-Caspian steppe to the south. It extends from Romania in the west to the Ural Mountains in the east.
- The Kazakh forest steppe lies east of the Urals, between the West Siberian broadleaf and mixed forests and the Kazakh steppe.
- Altai montane forest and forest steppe
- The Southern Siberian rainforest includes forest-steppe areas.
- Selenge-Orkhon forest steppe
- The Daurian forest steppe lies between the Trans-Baikal conifer forests and East Siberian Taiga to the north and the Mongolian-Manchurian grassland to the south.
- Zagros Mountains forest steppe
- Elburz Range forest steppe
- Kopet Dag woodlands and forest steppe
- Kuhrud-Kohbanan Mountains forest steppe
- Canadian Aspen forests and parklands—North Dakota and Canada