A Photo Tour of the Tallest Mountains in Poland
The Tatra Mountains, also known as the ‘Tatras’ or ‘Tatra’
The Tatras occupy an area of 750 km² (290 mi²), of which the greater part (600 km²/232 mi²) lies in Slovakia, with the highest peak Gerlach at 2,655 m (8710 ft), located north of Poprad. In turn, summit Rysy (2,499 m/8200ft), located in the north-western part of Tatras, is the highest mountain in Poland.
The Tatras lie in the temperate zone of Central Europe. They are an important barrier to themovements of air masses. Their mountainous topography causes one of the most diverse climates in that region
Temperatures range from ?40 °C (?40 °F) in thewinter to 33 °C (91 °F) in warmer months.Temperatures also vary depending on altitudeand sun exposure of a given slope.Temperatures below 0 °C (32 °F) last for 192days on the summits.
The Mountains have a diverse variety of plantlife. They are home to more than 1,000 speciesof vascular plants, about 450 mosses, 200liverworts, 700 lichens, 900 fungi, and 70 slimemoulds. There are five climatic-vegetationbelts in the Tatras
The Tatra Mountains are home to many species of animals: 54 tardigrades, 22 turbellarians, 100 rotifers, 22 copepods, 162spiders, 81 molluscs, 43 mammals, 200 birds, 7 amphibians and 2 reptiles.
The Polish part of the Tatras was formallydeclared a national park in 1955. The lowerand middle parts of the range are cloaked inforest