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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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This note was uploaded on 05/23/2011 for the course GEOG 120 taught by Professor Whitmore during the Spring '08 term at UNC.
- Spring '08