Karpaty (or Carpathian mountains) are young mountains of medium elevation stretching in about 1,500 km. Major part of Carpathian is situated in Slovakia, Poland, Ukraine and Romania. Highest peak is 2,655 m. above sea level in Slovak territory. In Ukrainian Carpathian the highest peak is Hoverla mountain (2,060 m.)
In July the average temperature varies with altitude from about 20°C near a bottom of the mountains to 6°C on the highest peaks. In winter between -4°C to -12°C. The annual precipitation is usually 900–1,200 mm.
Flora is rich, includes many endemic forms. Above 500 m. to 1,600m. is a belt of mountain forests: oak, beech, maple, birch, ash... and of course fir, pine, cembra pine. Fauna includes lynx, wolf, brown bear, deer, fox...
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