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Russia and the Eurasian Republics. The Largest region we will study, spanning two continents and including eleven time zones. Can you say BIG ?!?!?!. Countries as ranked by GDP. Kazakhstan Turkmenistan. Countries as ranked by land size. Kazakhstan Turkmenistan.

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Russia and the Eurasian Republics.The Largest region we will study, spanning two continents and including eleven time zones.Can you say BIG?!?!?!

countries as ranked by gdp
Countries as ranked by GDP
  • Kazakhstan
  • Turkmenistan
countries as ranked by land size
Countries as ranked by land size
  • Kazakhstan
  • Turkmenistan
countries ranked by population
Countries ranked by population
  • Russia
  • Kazakhstan
  • Uzbekistan
physical region
Physical Region

Vast areas of:

  • Permafrost: permanently frozen subsoil.
water features
Water Features
  • Volga River
  • Ob river
  • Amur River
  • Lake Baikal
  • Caspian Sea
  • Aral Sea
  • Bering Strait
  • Pacific Ocean
  • Atlantic Ocean
russian natural resources
Russian Natural resources
  • Not well-developed due to harsh climate
  • Limited transportation links and vastness of the country
  • Foreign competition for investment in the region (oil pipelines)
  • Widespread pollution
  • Shrinking of the Aral Sea
  • Political and Economic difficulties after the breakup of the Soviet Union
  • Cotton production in Central Asia
  • The Sleeping Land: located east of the Urals
  • Major oil, natural gas, and mineral resources
human impact on the environment
Human Impact on the Environment
  • Water diversion from the Aral Sea: for irrigation

After 2003

Before 1996

environmental changes
Environmental Changes
  • Pollution: (Chernobyl)
  • Nuclear power plant explodes after meltdown and radioactive fallout spreads across Europe
The Trans-Siberian RailroadConnecting European Russia with Siberia and the Pacific Coast. From Moscow to Vladivostok.
lake baikal the world s deepest lake is located in western russia near the trans siberian r r
Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest Lake is located in western Russia near the Trans-Siberian R.R.

A city that grew up along the Trans-Siberian Railroad

cultural characteristics
Cultural Characteristics
  • Diverse ethnic groups, customs and traditions
  • Many of Turkic and Mongol Heritage
  • Religious Paintings and mosaics of the Jesus, the Saints and other religious figures.
Symbols that decorate Eastern Orthodox churches with Saints and other religiousfigures from Christian tradition.
Matrioshka Dolls: handmade nesting dolls resembling a Russian peasant womanhave been a favorite for centuries.
st basil s was commissioned by ivan the terrible to celebrate the russian conquest of the mongols
St. Basil’s was commissioned by Ivan the Terrible to celebrate the Russian conquest of the Mongols.
the church of the annunciation
The Church of the Annunciation.

Evidence of Eastern Orthodox Religion


These cathedrals are part of the complex that became known as the Kremlin. It is the heart of Moscowand contains Red Square. Red Square(next slide) was the site of the famous May Day Parades held during the Communist era and where Lenin, the Father of the Bolshevik revolution, is entombed.

economic characteristics
Economic Characteristics
  • Transition from Command Economyto Free Marketeconomy centered around Capitalism.