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Unformatted text preview: Aral Sea - Lake Balqash shrinking o Physical Regions • Central Asian Highlands Formed by collision of Indian subcontinent into Asian mainland • Himalayas, Karakoram Range, Pamir Mountains • Pamir Knot - a tangle of mountains where Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, and Tajikistan converge • Hindu Kush, Kunlun Shan, Tien Shan: peaks over 20,000 ft • Tibetan Plateau - source area of many of Asia's large rivers • Plains and Basins Central Asia's Desert Belt • Arid plains of the Caspian and Aral Seas to the west • Kara Kum and Kyzyl Kum Deserts • Taklamakan Desert in the Tarim Basin • Steppe and taiga in the north o Climates • Central Asia is a dry region dominated by desert and steppe climates. Arid conditions prevail even in the highlands. Central Asia is located in the interior of a large continent; its continental climate is characterized by significant differences between summer and winter temperatures....
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- Spring '08
- Geography, Aral Sea, Kazakhstan