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Marco Polo sheep

Marco Polo’s Sheep (Ovis ammon polii) are a variety of Argali. They are also known as Great Tibetan Sheep, Pamir Argali, and Great Pamir Sheep. They are mainly known for their characteristicly large swirling horns. Some scholars have doubted the accuracy of Marco Polo’s accounts of his journey to Cathay (China) – where he spent…


Snow Leopard

Tigers and cheetahs once roamed through the forests of Kyrgyzstan – but the Snow Leopard is the only example of the “Big Cats” still to be found in Kyrgyzstan.  They are extremely athletic – capable of making huge leaps over ravines – and can bring down prey almost three times their own size.  They can…


Tājīk

Tājīk is a term generally applied to Iranian-speaking peoples living to the east and northeast of modern Iran. Among the Iranian languages that linguists have identified as being spoken by Tajiks are "Western Farsi", "Tajiki" and "Shughni". The traditional Tajik homelands are in present-day Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, western China, and Chitral. History Like all…


List of the some of the mountain ranges in the country with their highest peaks

Range Length (in km) Width (in km) Highest peak Highest Point (m. a.s.l.) Average Height (m. a.s.l.) Koshaal Too 582 54 Pobeda (Victory Peak) 7439 4500 Chon Alai 250 40 Peak Lenin 7134 5460 Alai 350 20 Tandikul 5880 4450 Sari Jaz 93 16 Semyenov 5816 4700 Turkestan 300 30 Sabla 5621 4430 Terskey Ala…


Dungan

Dungan is a term used in territories of the former Soviet Union to refer to a Muslim people of Chinese origin. Turkic-speaking peoples in Xinjiang Province in China also refer to members of this ethnic group as Dungans. In both China and the former Soviet republics where they reside, however, members of this ethnic group…


Koreans (Koryo-saram)

Koryo-saram is the name which ethnic Koreans in the Post-Soviet states use to refer to themselves. Approximately 500,000 ethnic Koreans reside in the former USSR, primarily in the now independent states of Central Asia. There are also large Korean communities in southern Russia (around Volgograd), the Caucasus, and southern Ukraine. These communities can be traced…


Peak Pobeda

Peak Pobeda – Victory Peak Peak Pobeda, is one of three 7000-plus meter giants in Kyrgyzstan . At 7439 metres, it is the highest mountain in the Tien Shan range which straddles Kyrgyzstan , Kazakhstan and North-western China . The mountain lies in the Kokshaal Tau subrange (= “ Forbidding Mountains ”) of the Tien…


Russians

Russians are an East Slavic ethnic group, primarily living in Russia and neighboring countries. Origins Russians predecessors were the medieval East Slavic nation Rus’, who were also the predecessors of Belarusians and Ukrainians.Very little is known about the Russians and East Slavs in general prior to approximately 859 AD, the date from which the account…


Ukrainians

Ukrainians are an East Slavic ethnic group primarily living in Ukraine. Locations Ukrainians are one of the largest European ethnic groups with a population of more than 44 million people worldwide. Most ethnic Ukrainians, about 37 million in total, live in Ukraine where they make up over three-quarters of the population. The largest Ukrainian community…


Peak Lenin

Peak Lenin in the Osh oblast lies on the border with Tajikistan – it rises to a height of 7134m and was the third highest mountain in the former Soviet Union, shaped something like a “high armchair”. The outline, however, is not always obvious because the summit is almost always covered in cloud – and…


 
 
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