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Central Asia Bing Sheng Wu Department of Geography Texas A&M University Geography of the Global Village
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Setting the Boundaries Re-emerged as a region after the breakup of the Soviet Union Former- Soviet republics: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan Post-Soviet state: Azerbaijan Autonomous regions of western China Tibet Inner Mongolia Others: Mongolia, and Afghanistan
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Central Asia
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Environmental Geography Yurts by the Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan Thomas Kunz, photographer
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Overview Historically, it has been very isolated Landlocked Currently, weak trade and political networks After September 11 th , 2000, the region attracted more attention from the rest of the world Taliban bases
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Major regional features Region dominated by high mountains, barren deserts, and semiarid grasslands Few areas with good conditions for agriculture Long history of outside domination it is a crossroads for travel between east and west
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