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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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Russia and central asia

Russia and Central Asia

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)

Russia and central asia

  • Mountains

  • Caucasus

  • Ural Mountains (divide Europe from Asia)

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

  • Major oil, natural gas, and mineral resoures

Russia and central asia

  • Many water features (be able to put on a map)

    • Volga RiverOb River

    • Amur RiverLake Baikal

    • Caspian SeaAral Sea

    • Bering Strait

    • Pacific Ocean

    • Arctic Ocean

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)

Russia and central asia

  • Infrastructure--Trans Siberian Railroad plus systems of rivers, and canals and railroads

  • Energy resources--Hydroelectric power, oil and natural gas

Economic characteristics cont

Economic characteristics cont.

  • 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

Russia and central asia

  • shrinking of the Aral Sea due to the diverting of rivers feeding the sea (irrigation)

  • political and economic difficulties after the breakup of the Soviet Union

  • cotton production in Central Asia

Cultural characteristics

Cultural Characteristics

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

  • Cultural Heritage

    • BalletFabergé eggs

    • MusicIcons

    • Matrioshka dolls

    • Oriental carpets

    • Samovars

Russia and central asia

  • Cultural Landscape

  • -Russian Orthodox churches

  • -St. Basil’s Church

  • -Red Square

  • -Kremlin

  • -mosques, minarets

  • -Siberian villages

  • -Soviet style apartment blocks

Cultural characteristics cont

Cultural characteristics cont.

  • Cities as a center of culture and trade

    • Moscow

    • St. Petersburg

    • Novosibirsk

Matrioshka dolls

Matrioshka dolls

Faberge eggs

Faberge’ eggs





St basil s cathedral

St. Basil’s Cathedral

Russian orthodox church

Russian Orthodox Church

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