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Putorana Plateau World Heritage Site

Putorana Plateau, Russian Federation

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The Putorana Plateau (Russian: плато Путорана) or the Putorana Mountains is a high-lying basalt plateau, a mountainous area at the northwestern edge of the Central Siberian Plateau, to the south from Taymyr Peninsula. The highest mountain in the range is Mount Kamen which stands 1,700 metres (5,600 ft) above sea level.

The plateau is composed of Siberian Traps. The nearest large settlement is the closed city of Norilsk. The area contains some of the largest known nickel deposits in the world. Russia's geographical center, Lake Vivi, is situated on the plateau.

The lakes are large and form whole ecosystems, which spread over lots of tens of kilometers. “Putorana” is from the native language of the Evenks and translates to “the country of lakes with steep banks”. There are more than 25,000 lakes, which are between 180–420 meters deep, and together they form the second largest store of fresh water in Russia by capacity after Lake Baikal.

The Putorana Nature Reserve (ru), established in 1988 and administered from Norilsk, covers some 1,887,251 hectares (4,663,500 acres) with a buffer zone of 1,773,300 hectares (4,382,000 acres). It was set up to protect the world's largest herd of reindeer as well as snow sheep.

In July 2010, the Putorana Reserve was inscribed on the World Heritage List as "a complete set of subarctic and arctic ecosystems in an isolated mountain range, including pristine taiga, forest tundra, tundra and arctic desert systems, as well as untouched cold-water lake and river systems".

Coordinates: 69°00′N 93°00′E / 69.000°N 93.000°E / 69.000; 93.000

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  • WDPA ID555512003
  • NamePutorana Plateau
  • Original NamePutorana Plateau
  • Country / TerritoryRUS
  • Sub locationNot Reported
  • IUCN CategoryNot ApplicableWhat is this?
  • English DesignationWorld Heritage Site
  • Designation TypeInternational
  • StatusInscribed
  • Status Year2010
  • Reported Area km218872.51
  • Marinefalse
  • Governance TypeNot Reported
  • International Criteria(vii)(ix)
  • Management AuthorityNot Reported
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