Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of Ukraine
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Ukraine is located in Eastern Europe and dominates much
of the Black Sea's northern coast. It is a fairly large and geographically diverse
country, stretching to the Carpathian Mountains in the west of the country. Ukraine
is bordered by Poland (west), Slovakia
(west), Hungary (west), Romania
(southwest), Moldova (southwest), Russia
(east and northeast), and Belarus (north).
Geographically, Ukraine is fairly diverse. The Carpathian
Mountains pass through the west, but these mountains are not difficult to traverse
so much as they are at elevation. This has slowed trade and transportation, but
has allowed great growth for the country as a whole as rivers from here feed the
rest of the country, making the country very livable. Most of the Crimean Peninsula
in the south is fairly dry and living here is difficult; along the rainy southern
tip of the peninsula living conditions greatly improve.
Ukraine's seasons are very distinct and geographical
differences make these seasons more pronounced. Winters (December-February) can
be very cold, especially in the east, where temperatures in Kharkov average about
20˚ F (-7˚ C) and rarely get above freezing. The Carpathian Mountains in the west
are slightly warmer, but due to the elevation can be colder and generally snowier.
The Crimean Peninsula rarely gets cold enough for snow.
The spring and fall (autumn) experience unpredictable temperatures and precipitation,
yet temperatures are warmer than in winter, making most mountain ranges accessible
and the Crimean Peninsula warm, but not too hot.