Рубрика ‘О Крыме — More about the Crimea.’

The Crimean vegetation.

The Crimean vegetation is determined mainly by its climate which differs across the peninsula. Hot and wet climate supports forests of large trees; a drier climate may support only short grasses.

Vegetation in the Crimea is varied and rich. There are more than 3,000 species of natural and cultivated plants. Their density per sq. km (500 species) is much higher than that in the Mediterranean countries (8,3).

The territory of the Crimea is divided in two unequal parts: the steppe region and the mountain region. In the steppe Crimea, which is the driest part of the peninsula, short grasses, sagebrush, feather grass are the only types of vegetation, which can survive.

Taller grasses grow in areas with slightly more precipitation. These are known as grassland areas. (далее…)

The Crimean rivers.

Water is like blood in the vessels of an organism, supports a life. Water has always been a sacramental dream for each nation, especially in warm countries.

The whole world faced a critical shortage of clean, fresh water.

Fresh water makes only 1 % of all the reserve of the earth water

About 97% of the planet’s water is seawater, another 2% is locked in icecaps and glaciers. Vast reserves of fresh water underlie earth’s surface, but much of it is too deep. (далее…)

The Crimean mountains.

The Crimea’s mountain area occupies a quarter of the peninsula. It begins not far from Simferopol, where the plain gradually transforms into foothills. The Crimean Mountains are a part of the Alpine-Himalayan belt of folded mountains.

They are not very high — 1000-1,500 meters above sea level. They extend from East to West for about 150 km along the south coast. The relief of the Crimean mountains consists of three well-defined parallel ridges Southern, Internal and External.

The Southern Ridge runs along the coastline in a close proximity to it. Its altitude is from 580 to 1,500 m while several peaks of Babugan and Chatyr-Dag exceed the mark of 1,500 m.

This ridge begins from the point to the North from Cape Aya («Saint») and extends to the East to Mountain At-Bash («Horse Head»). Then it turns to the North-East and from the Mountain Karatau («Black Mount»)  runs eastward gradually losing its height. In the vicinity of Feodosia it doesn’t exceed 300 m. (далее…)

The Flag and the coat of arms of the Crimea.

The Flag of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea is a colour cloth consisting of three horizontal colour strips. The upper blue strip is 1/6 of the width, the middle white strip is 4/6 of the width and the lower red strip is 1/6 of the width of the flag.

The coat of arms of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea represents a silver gryphon on the Varangian shield facing to the right and holding in its right paw an open silver shell with a blue pearl. The shield is crowned with the rising sun and circled by two white columns connected with a blue-white — and red band. On the band there is a motto: «Prosperity in Unity».

The gryphon is a mythological creature, looking like a winged lion with an eagle’s head. It was a symbol of antique town of Chersonesus, Panticapeum and others, and in the course of time, of the cities of Sevastopol and Kerch. Since ancient times the gryphon was embodiment of safeguard qualities. On the Coat of Arms of the Crimea it is depicted like a symbol of a defender of the Republic.

The blue pearl symbolizes the Crimea as a unique part of the planet, unity of all its peoples, religions and cultures. The gryphon is on the background of the Varangian shield — a symbol of trade crossroads. Its red colour symbolizes courage, bravery and valour of the people of the Crimea of all times. The shield is held by two antique marble columns. On the crest there is a rising sun — a symbol of resurrection, warmth, prosperity, light, richness of the gardens, fertility of the land.

The Anthem of the Autonomous Republic of the Crimea was composed by A.S. Karamanov.

The anthem is arranged for a choir by T. Kudryavtseva.

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