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Russia Vocabulary

Unit 5 World Geography

A term referring to the concept that increasing distances between places tend to reduce interactions among them. Distance decay
An enormous farm in the Soviet Union on which a large team of laborers were gathered to work together during Joseph Stalin’s reign. Collective farms
The selling of government-owned business to private citizens. privatization
Black topsoil, one of the world’s most fertile soils. chernozem
Permanently frozen ground. permafrost
The term used for the temperate grassland region in the Northern Hemisphere. steppe
A nearly continuous belt of evergreen coniferous forests across the Northern Hemisphere, in North America and Eurasia. taiga
A region’s distance from the moderating influence of the sea. continentality
The 4,000-mile route between China and the Mediterranean Sea, named for the costly silk acquired in China. The Silk Road
region south of the Caucasus mountains consisting of the republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia Transcaucasia
range that separates the Northern European and West Siberian plains, sometimes used as the dividing line between Europe and Asia p 346 Ural Mountains
region that includes the republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan Central Asia
frigid arctic and subarctic region of Russia Siberia
combined continent of Europe and Asia Eurasia
rainfall not absorbed by the soil that runs into streams and rivers Runoff
rail route of more than 5700 miles, transversing Russia from Moscow in the East to Vladivostok on the Pacific coast Trans-Siberian Railroad
Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania Baltic republics
emporer of Russia Czar
overthrow of the czar in 1917 by the Communists Russian Revolution
Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, also known as the Soviet Union USSR
conflict between the United States and Soviet Union from the late 1940s to the 1980s; no open warfare resulted Cold War
economic system in which the central government makes all important economic decisions, including production of goods and prices Command Economy
dinner party, or occasion where people gather to eat or drink Supra
light and portable tents used by nomads Yurt
people who move from place to place with their animals in search of food, water, and grazing land nomad
region between the Black and Caspian Seas straddling the Caucasus Mountains Caucasus
Russian republic that has been the setting of violence since the 1990s. Chechnya
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