A Geography of Russia and Its Neighbors (Texts in Regional by Mikhail S. Blinnikov

By Mikhail S. Blinnikov

 
Comprehensive and authoritative, this article bargains an available creation to post-Soviet Eurasia. scholars get a superb grounding within the actual, cultural, political, and financial geography of this quickly altering sector. center thematic chapters concentration totally on Russia but in addition include correct 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 comprise enticing vignettes, overview questions, routines, options for additional interpreting, and net assets. The volume's over two hundred unique maps, photos, and different figures also are on hand on-line as PowerPoint slides.

 

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30 PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY tolerate even a short period of frost. The Crimea Peninsula and the Caspian Sea coast are relatively dry due to the mountain “rain shadow” effect, while the Black Sea coast is more humid. In a sense, the climate of the southern Crimea resembles that of the California coast, while areas near Sochi, Russia, feel more like the southeastern United States. However, Sochi’s temperature and humidity levels are quite a bit below Florida’s levels. We have now completed our north-to-south transect.

Position relative to a mountain range. Windward locations get orographic precipitation; leeward locations get almost no rain (the soÂ�called rain shadow effect). Mountains may protect a city from cold northern winds, or expose it to dry and warm catabatic winds rushing down the slope. •• Cloud cover and dust. These may vary, depending on local natural or anthropogenic conditions, thus attenuating the climate. •• Human infrastructure. This may create a local “heat island” effect; the downtown areas of major cities are typically a few degrees warmer than the surrounding countryside.

Russia is a huge northern country, more similar in its position to Canada than to the United States, and equal in size to both of them combined. , offshore), and again little moisture comes from the ocean to the land. So, broadly speaking, Northern Eurasia has four major climate types. If we return to the Köppen classification system, these are as follows: •• Polar, or arctic climates of deserts and tundras (EF, ET). •• Subarctic climates of the boreal zone, where coniferous trees are common (Dc, Dw).

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