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Russia and Central Asia. Leading countries. GDP -- Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan Land Size --Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan Population --Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan. Physical Characteristics. Vast time zone--Spans two continents (Europe and Asia), covers 11 time zones

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Leading countries
Leading countries

  • GDP-- Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkmenistan

  • Land Size--Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan

  • Population--Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan


Physical characteristics
Physical Characteristics

  • Vast time zone--Spans two continents (Europe and Asia), covers 11 time zones

  • Vast area of tundra, taiga, permafrost, and steppe

  • varied climate regions

  • huge black earth belt (rich Chernozem soil)


  • Mountains

  • Caucasus

  • Ural Mountains (divide Europe from Asia)

  • Siberia (the sleeping land), located east of the Urals

  • Major oil, natural gas, and mineral resoures



Physical characteristics1
Physical Characteristics

  • Some rivers flow northward to the Arctic Ocean


Economic characteristics
Economic Characteristics

  • Transition from communist to free market economy

  • Farming and Industry concentrated in the Fertile Triangle region, home of rich Chernozem soils (wheat farming)



Economic characteristics cont
Economic characteristics cont. rivers, and canals and railroads

  • Russian natural resources are not fully developed due to climate, limited transportation links, and vastness of the country

  • Foreign competition for investment in the region (oil pipeline)

  • widespread pollution



Cultural characteristics
Cultural Characteristics feeding the sea (irrigation)

  • Diverse ethnic groups, customs, and traditions (many of Turkic and Mongol heritage)

  • Cultural Heritage

    • Ballet Fabergé eggs

    • Music Icons

    • Matrioshka dolls

    • Oriental carpets

    • Samovars


  • Cultural Landscape feeding the sea (irrigation)

  • -Russian Orthodox churches

  • -St. Basil’s Church

  • -Red Square

  • -Kremlin

  • -mosques, minarets

  • -Siberian villages

  • -Soviet style apartment blocks


Cultural characteristics cont
Cultural characteristics cont. feeding the sea (irrigation)

  • Cities as a center of culture and trade

    • Moscow

    • St. Petersburg

    • Novosibirsk


Matrioshka dolls
Matrioshka dolls feeding the sea (irrigation)


Faberge eggs
Faberge’ eggs feeding the sea (irrigation)


Samovars
Samovars feeding the sea (irrigation)


Kremlin
Kremlin feeding the sea (irrigation)


St basil s cathedral
St. Basil’s Cathedral feeding the sea (irrigation)


Russian orthodox church
Russian Orthodox Church feeding the sea (irrigation)


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