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Central Asia Bing Sheng Wu Department of Geography 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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The Taklimakan desert, Xinjiang Marco Ammannati, photographer
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Physical Landscapes Central Asian Highlands Himalayas Tibetan Plateau Tibetan Plateau Plains and Basins Deserts Caspian Sea Aral Sea Basins
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Central Asian Highlands The convergence of two tectonic plates Eurasian and Indian plates Their collision is relatively recent in geological time It is still very active – the mountains are still raising frequent earthquakes in India and China Himalayas – highest mountains in the world
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Tectonic Plates
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This note was uploaded on 04/14/2010 for the course POLS 207 taught by Professor Peterson during the Spring '07 term at Texas A&M.

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