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[Comment from Nina][edit]

In a history course it is mentioned that the "Steppe Gradient" is the general sloping trend from east to west of the Steppes. As this is used to explain the migration of many nomadic peoples I was wondering if it was worth noting. Nina

Merging Steppe-Tundra[edit]

I just looked at the article called steppe-tundra, it is misleading and should NOT be merged with Steppe. Steppe is is used for thing and Tundra for another.

--Son_of_the_Tundra 12:22, 13 September 2005 (UTC)

It makes no sense to merge with steppe-tundra; steppe-tundra is quite distinct from steppe and tundra. This would be more clear if both articles weren't stubs. Captain Segfault 14:34, 23 September 2005 (UTC)

Agreed. Steppe-tundra seems to be some sort of ancient biome. A steppe is a vast plain covered in low grasses. The Steppe or Steppes refer to the great Eurasian plains, especially in central Russia.

Hahaha, that's hilarious. Steppe and tundra are the two climates I picked at complete random for my Social Studies project. Hehehehehehehehehe.Hi There

air pollution, erhem, rather, Wikipollution[edit]

DON'T USE THIS WEBSITE, TURN BACK NOW PLEASE DO IT. THIS WEBSITE IS ALL WRONG! was what was slapped right on the front of the page. Couldn't bear to just delete it, it was so funny. Move it to BJAODN, please. I'm NOT the one who wrote it!

Note on pronounciation[edit]

Merriam Webster gives the pronounciation as 'step. This is what I've always heard used. Albrecht 23:23, 4 March 2006 (UTC)


The page says "The term is also used to denote the climate encountered in regions too dry to support a forest, but not dry enough to be a desert... The soil is considered too moist to be a desert, but too dry to support normal forest life." Whoever wrote this stub needed to proof read for repeats.

Also, the sentance "They are usually found in areas of the world less prone to moisture." is pretty redundant as the fact that it is dry is stated again and and again throughout the article.

2 types of steppe[edit]

It should be included that there are 2 types of steppe: the tropical (wet) steppe and temperate steppes (e.g. Russian steppes). Also, a map on this is needed. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:13, 27 October 2007 (UTC)


"Greeting the Steppe" by Józef Brandt, 1874. oil on canvas; 116 × 251 cm.
"Prayer in the Steppe"by Józef Brandt, abt. 1893. oil on canvas; 151 × 303 cm. National Museum in Warsaw.

I took these out of the article, because I don't think they add a whole lot. I think the photos give better representations of what steppes really look like, and I added the one of Patagonia. Cadwaladr (talk) 05:16, 3 October 2008 (UTC)

Incorrect Temperature Conversion[edit]

In the 2nd paragraph, it says "and in winter, –40 °C (–40 °F)."

I'm sure this can't be right seeing as -40c is well below freezing and -40f is not. Someone might want to fix this.  :)

-40f is indeed well below freezing (freezing is +32f), and is indeed equal to -40c, so it's probably correct. W. P. Uzer (talk) 08:08, 9 March 2015 (UTC)

Suggested expansion[edit]

The article provides basics of definition and location, but I think could do with more on the ecology of what maintains steppe (grazing? natural fires?), and associated animal and plant life. The corresponding article on prairie seems more informative. --Cedderstk 11:27, 3 October 2016 (UTC)