Monday, September 20, 2010
The Tatra Mountain Range forms a natural border between Poland and Slovakia. The highest peak in Poland is Rysy @ 2499m above sea level. Temperatures at Mt. Rysy vary from -40C upwards to 33C, depending on the season and elevation. Typically, the summit will be covered by up to 3 meters of snow. The first ascent on Mount Rsys was made by Ede Blasy in 1840.
Wildlife is very abundant on this mountain range. They are home to more than 1000 species of vascular plants, about 450 mosses, 200 liverworts, 700 lichens, 900 fungi, and 70 slime moulds. The Tatra Mountains are home to many species of animals: 54 tardigrades, 22 turbellarians, 100 rotifers, 22 copepods, 162 spiders, 81 molluscs, 43 mammals, 200 birds, 7 amphibians and 2 reptiles. The most notable mammals are the Tatra chamois, marmot, snow vole, brown bear, wolf, Eurasian lynx, red deer, roe deer, and wild boar. Notable fish include the brook trout and alpine bullhead.