Alai Range

Alai Range

 

a mountain range of the Pamir-Alai mountain system in the Kirghiz SSR and partially in the Tadzhik SSR. The range is about 400 km long, with elevations to 5,539 m. It bounds the Fergana Valley on the south. The range is composed of sandy clay rocks and crystalline schists. The northern slopes are gentle and enclose a series of longitudinal valleys, while the southern slopes drop steeply to Alai Valley. Snow and glaciation are found in the ridge area, particularly in the west. The total area of glaciation is 568 sq km. In the foothills, semidesert vegetation is found, with arid feather grass and fescue steppes on the slopes and meadow-steppe vegetation and juniper forests at an elevation of 2,000–3,200 m. Above there are alpine meadows.

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