Social Studies - 2019-20

WG.8 b - Physical and Environmental Features of Russia and Central Asia

The student will analyze the characteristics of the Russian and Central Asian regions by 

b) describing major physical and environmental features;

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Asia makes up the eastern portion of Eurasia. Varied physical and environmental features greatly influence the abundance and use of Asia’s natural resources.

ESSENTIALS

Major physical and environmental features 

  • Vast land area: Spans two continents (Europe and Asia) 
  • Vast areas of tundra, permafrost, taiga, and steppe 
  • Varied climatic regions 
  • Permafrost found in high latitudes 
  • Black earth belt (rich chernozem soil) 
  • Mountains (e.g., Ural Mountains, which divide Europe from Asia, Caucasus) 
  • Siberia (“the sleeping land”), located east of the Urals 
  • Water features 
    • Volga River 
    • Ob River 
    • Amur River 
    • Lake Baikal 
    • Caspian Sea 
    • Aral Sea
    • Bering Strait 
    • Pacific Ocean 
    • Arctic Ocean 
  • Some rivers flow northward to the Arctic Ocean

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jun 13, 2018