A Geography of Russia and Its Neighbors (Texts in Regional by Mikhail S. Blinnikov

By Mikhail S. Blinnikov

Comprehensive and authoritative, this article deals an available advent to post-Soviet Eurasia. scholars get a high-quality grounding within the actual, cultural, political, and financial geography of this speedily altering zone. middle thematic chapters concentration totally on Russia but in addition comprise appropriate details at the different 14 former Soviet republics. local chapters supply concise discussions of every republic and of Russia's major areas. Student-friendly gains contain enticing vignettes, evaluate questions, routines, ideas for extra studying, and web assets. The volume's over 2 hundred unique maps, photos, and different figures also are to be had on-line as PowerPoint slides.


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New York City and Los Angeles areas) are right at sea level. The Central Asian states of the FSU have no oceanic coastline at all. The Caspian Sea is �actually below sea level now, but is not expected to rise; it is just a big saline lake. Ukraine does have a few important seaports, but again most of its territory and population are far away from the sea. On the second count, Russian agricul- ture can greatly expand northward and eastward, �especially in the currently undersettled Siberian and northeastern European parts of the country.

Were also ports on the Black Sea (Odessa, Sevastopol, Novorossiysk, Batumi) and the Baltic Sea (St. Petersburg/ Leningrad, Tallinn, Ventspils, Klaipeda, Liepaja, Kaliningrad). The internal ports of Astrakhan, Baku, Atyrau, and Aktau allow fishing and trade in the Caspian Sea basin. Along the coast, a few physical features merit special mention. In the Black Sea, the prominent Crimea Peninsula in Ukraine is a famous resort with a rich history and well-�preserved natural areas. The narrow Kerchinsky Strait allows ships access to the little gulf called the Sea of Azov, where the port of Taganrog is located.

This reduced the amount of meat that had to be raised, but it also meant that the need for more fat and protein went unmet for lengthy periods. •• Only hot tea is drunk in northern Russia. Ice is never put in beverages. •• The calendar of feasts in the Russian Orthodox Church is busier in winter and freer in summer, to allow for ample time in the fields during the short growing season. 8). , tyubeteika hats for men and scarves for women). •• Central Asian cultures take a long midday break from work to avoid heat (similar to the Spanish siesta).

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