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 creation to post-Soviet Eurasia. scholars get an effective grounding within the actual, cultural, political, and financial geography of this swiftly altering sector. middle thematic chapters concentration totally on Russia but in addition comprise appropriate details at the different 14 former Soviet republics. neighborhood chapters offer concise discussions of every republic and of Russia's major areas. Student-friendly positive factors contain attractive vignettes, assessment questions, workouts, options for extra interpreting, and web assets. The volume's over two hundred unique maps, images, and different figures also are to be had on-line as PowerPoint slides.


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Located in the heart of the Eurasian continent, as far from the ocean as one can possibly get, the city enjoys a fine climate despite its inland location. It also has spectacular scenery, not unlike that of Denver, Colorado. Right behind the last street, the jagged snow-Â�capped peaks of the Zailiysky Alatau range soar to elevations of 4,000–5,000 m (Figure 1a). While not as huge as the Tean Shan further south in Kyrgyzstan, the Zailiysky range is an amazing unspoiled wilderness full of sublime beauty—a paradise for skiers and backpackers.

An analogous climate in North America would be found near Pierre, South Dakota. For about 4 months in the summer, there is a moisture deficit. In midsummer in Volgograd, temperatures can be as high as +42ºC (average about +24ºC), while precipitation is scarce (22 mm per month, compared to 74 mm in Moscow). 4). ” Steppes are semi-arid, meaning that the moisture deficit lasts only a portion of the entire year. Trees do not grow well in this type of climate. The winters can be still very cold (absolute minimum = –35ºC) and windy, as the Nazi army fully experienced when it was trapped in November 1942 near Stalingrad.

Moscow’s industries generate a lot of dust, which causes rain droplets to form. The city’s actual temperatures are about 2–3ºC higher in winter than in the surrounding countryside. When is the best time to visit Moscow? My personal recommendation is either the late spring (May), when flowers are in bloom and nightingales are singing in the city parks, or the midautumn (early October), when it is still relatively warm and all the leaves are at their peak color. South of Moscow, we quickly enter dryer climates belonging to the B type.

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