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Central Asia

Central Asia is a subregion of Asia. Definitions of the region vary, for example [1] gives in "rough terms": the region from Iranian Azerbaijan and Turkic/Muslim regions of southern Russia in the west, through northern Afghanistan and southern Siberia, to Tibet and Mongolia in the east.

Countries typically included in entirety are:

together with parts of:

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Historically, the region was crossed by the Silk Road.


The area features high mountain ranges (Tian Shan), deserts (Kara Kum, Kyzyl Kum, Taklamakan[?]) and steppes.

Rivers include: Amu Darya, Syr Darya, Hari Rud


The region is largely inhabited by Turkic peoples.

External links

  1. http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~casww/index, where the a more detailed attempt at a definition is given at http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~casww/CASWpg_definition
  2. http://www.centralasiatravel.com
  3. http://www.centralasiannews.com

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