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Climates and
Vegetation
p. 383-384
Natural
Resources
pp. 384-385
Climates
p. 405
Natural
Resources
p. 406
The Shrinking
Aral Sea
p. 407
Main Idea Summaries: Geography Textbook 17.1 and 18.1
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2/3s of Russia has a cold, harsh/dry climate with few people living in these areas
Most people live on the European side of Russia because of the mild climate and better soil
The taiga forest (evergreens) is widespread in the north, with steps in the south (food)
Russia has lots of wood from the Taiga as well as Coal, hydroelectricity, natural gas and oil.
Siberia has lots of mineral resources such as gold, diamonds, copper, iron, etc.
Central Asia is mostly Arid and temperatures range from 115F to -36F
The high mountains prevent rainfall
H2O is the most precious resource
Coal, Oil (Caspian Sea) gas, and other minerals are here
Has shrunk 60% since 1960 because H2O has been diverted for irrigation. (cotton)
Water evaporation and pollution from agricultural is a problem. (little Hope)