Russia

by carissa

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Location

Relative Location: Northern Asia, bordering Arctic Ocean, extending from Europe to the North Pacific Ocean.


Absolute Location: 60 degrees N, 90 degrees E


total area: 6,601,631 square miles

Place

1) Moscow; Russia’s capital city.

major political, economic, cultural, and scientific center

9th most expensive city and has the largest number of billionaire residents in the world

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2) Saint Basils Cathedral (The Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed)

in Russia’s capital, Moscow.

built from 1555-61 by the orders of Ivan the Terrible.

church, now museum

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3) Kizhi Pogost.

built only out of wood without using a single nail.

built in the 17th century on Kizhi Island as a church and is still used as one today.

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Region

Asia.

48 countries


Soviet Union

-Russia and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan

1924 - 1991


Tundra climate

-forced invaders out

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Movement

The Russian Orthodox Church

Approx 70% (most aren't regular churchgoers)

988.

southern practice Islam

Russian

European language belonging to the Slavonic group of languages

Cyrillic (33)

Human/Environment Interaction

Railroads

In 1995 Russia had 154,000 kilometers of railroads, only 67,000 km of that were only for industries.

large distances that need to be covered

Cargo traffic is the main use of railroads in contrast to the emphasis on passenger traffic in West European railroad systems and they are more important to industries rather than people.

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major exporter of crude oil, petroleum products, and natural gas

Oil was 68% of Russia’s total exports in 2013

Europe and China -main buyers

Recently finalized a 30-year, $400 billion deal to supply China with natural gas from fields in Eastern Siberia.

1960 - present, the Aral Sea lost about 80% of its water due to irrigation of its feeding rivers, the Amu Darya and the Syr Darya. 24 native species of fish have disappeared from it. Windstorms have also picked up these substances and dumped them on near by populations. The pollutions caused a sharp increase in diseases of people in the surrounding area, including throat cancer and other respiratory diseases.
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