East European Plain
The East European Plain (also called the Russian Plain, predominantly by Russian scientists, or historically the Sarmatic Plain) is a vast lowland plain located east of the Polish Plain, and comprising several plateaus stretching East roughly from 25 degrees longitude. It includes the westernmost Volhynian-Podolian Upland, than the broad Central Russian Upland in the middle, and on the eastern side, encompassing the Volga Upland. The plain includes also a series of major river basins such as the Dnepr Basin, the Oka-Don Lowland, and the Volga Basin. On the southernmost border of the East European Plain are the Caucasus and Crimean mountain ranges. Together with the North European Plain covering much of central Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania (omitted from the map) it constitutes the European Plain. It is the largest mountain-free part of the European landscape.
The East European Plain covers all or most of the Baltic states, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, and the European portion of Russia. The plain spans approximately 4,000,000 km2 (2,000,000 sq mi) and averages about 170 m (560 ft) in elevation. The highest point of the plain, located in the Valdai Hills is 346.9 metres (1,138.1 ft).
- West: Baltic Sea, Oder and Lusatian Neisse, Sudetenland, Carpathians (Outer Western Carpathians, Outer Eastern Carpathians, Southern Carpathians, Serbian Carpathians).
- South: Balkan Mountains, Crimean Mountains, Caucasus. Black Sea, Sea of Azov and The Caspian Sea, Ustyurt Plateau.
- East: Ural Mountains and Turan Depression.
- North: White Sea, Barents Sea, Kara Sea, Scandinavian Mountains.
- Romania / Moldova
- Estonia
- Latvia
- Lithuania
- Poland
- Kazakhstan (European part)
- Russia (European part)
Other major landforms
The following major landform features are within the East European Plain (listed generally from north to south).
- North Russian Lowlands
- Baltic Uplands
- Belarusian Ridge
- Kuma–Manych Depression
- Bugulma-Belebey Upland
- Vyatskie Uvaly
- Volga River
- Danube
- Ural River
- Vistula
- Dnieper River
- Don River (Russia)
- Pechora River
- Kama River
- Oka River
- Belaya River
- Rhine
- Neman River
- Pregolya River
- European Plain at Encyclopædia Britannica
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- East European Plain at Ukrainian Soviet Encyclopedia
- East European Plain at Great Soviet Encyclopedia