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Russian Domain Bing Sheng Wu Department of Geography Geography of the Global Village
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Red Square, Moscow, including the Kremin and St Basil's Cathedral Source: Derek Holtham (Flickr) KGB Clubl Flyer Source: barjack (Flickr)
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Setting the Boundaries Northern half of Eurasia Includes Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, and Armenia Rapid political and economic change Persisting Russian influence in this region
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Environmental Geography Dugouts-Amazon Basin By Terra Tripper Kamchatka Peninsula
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Overview Russia - the largest country in the world 2 times Canada; 11 time zones 15 new republics were created with the breakup of the Soviet Union Some are covered in Europe and Central Asia
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Four Major Natural Subdivisions European portion Caucasus and Transcaucasus Ural Mountains and Siberia Russia Far East Russian Boreal Forest
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European west Urals and Siberia Far East Caucasus
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Ural Mountains The Urals – the Appalachians of Russia Over 2000 miles from north to south not very high, but difficult to cross From arctic areas (north) to deserts (south) Very rich in mineral resources (iron, coal, oil) Mark the historic divide between (populated) European Russia and (empty) Asian Russia
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Climate
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Environmental Issues • Industrialization • Resource Extraction
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Lake Baikal – An Overview One of the largest lakes in Asia The world’s largest mass of freshwater The world’s deepest freshwater lake (5,715 feet) Many unique species
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Lake Baikal at Risk Rapid degradation of the environment Soviet pulp and paper mills Heavy chemicals accumulate at the bottom
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