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Geog. & History A

WCHS Geog. & History A - Russia & Eurasia Words

Siberia the part of Russia that lies on the continent of Asia. Frigid arctic and subarctic region of Russia
Trans-Siberian Railroad a railroad that would eventually link Moscow with the Pacific port of Vladivostok. Built between 1891 and 1903
Ural Mountain separates the Northern European and West Siberian plains. Recognized as the dividing line between Europe and Asia.
Lake Baikal Oldest and deepest lake on Earth. It is over 5,000 feet deep, 1/5 of world's fresh water is located in Lake Baikal
USSR became new nation in 1922, Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Organized all the different peoples absorbed during the centuries of Russian rule. Also known as Soviet Union for short.
privatization the selling of governemt owned business to private citizens
Volga River longest river in Europe and Russia. Begins near Moscow and drains into the Caspian Sea
Tundra The flat treeless lands forming a ring around the Arctic Ocean; the climate region of the Arctic Ocean
distance decay the concept that increasing distances between places tends to reduce interactions among them
St. Petersburg built by Peter the Great in 1703, on the Baltic Sea; became the Russian Captial; he dies before it is finished.
chernozem Black earth, is abundant on the plain
Central Asia a region that includes the republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,Tajikistan, Turkmenistan
taiga a nearly continuous belt of evergreen coniferous forests across the Northern Hemisphere, in North America and Eurasia
Transcauasia a region that consists of the republics of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia
Russian revolution in 1917, ended the rule of the czars, the russian Communist party, lead by V.I. Lenin took control of the government from the czars
cold war Conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union after World War II, called "Cold" because it never escalated into open warfare.
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