Kumgangsan nature reserve

Pyongyang, October 28 (KCNA) — The Kumgangsan nature reserve spreads over the area of Mt. Kumgang (1,639 m) in middle Korea.

The magnificent and curiously shaped peaks, wonderful water falls and clear ponds in ravines, the blue sea of Sea-Kumgang, superb beauties in four seasons such as glorious tints of autumn foliage and waterfalls in green summer, and the beautiful sunrise at Chongsokjong are the proud of this world-famous Mt. Kumgang.

The mountain is located in an area where the climate is relatively warm in Korea (the annual average temperature is 9 c to 10 c ) and the yearly rainfall is 800 to 1,200 millimeters.

The reserve has abundant and diversified plants ranging from the temperate and subtropical plants to sub-frigid plants. More than 1,000 species of plants are growing there.

Out of them 714 species are flowering plants.

The flora of the reserve includes the plants peculiar to Korea, such as hanabusaya asiatica nakai, forsythia ovata nakai and androsace corthusaefolia nakai. The Kumgangguksu tree (a kind of stephanadra) is known as the only sort of the only genus in the world.

Various species of animals are known from this area. The prevailing features are leopard, bear, white stork and white heron, 38 species of beast, 130 species of bird, nine species of reptile and 10 species of frog.

Fishes including gonoprokopterusmylodon are found in streams and rivers which empty their waters into the east and west seas of Korea.

The Kumgangsan nature reserve is now under the protection of the state as a scenic spot and as an important area for academic studies.

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