17 Facts About Siberia


Siberia is vast and sparsely populated, covering an area of over 13.

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Siberia is a geographic and historic region and not a political entity, there is no single precise definition of its territorial borders.

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Traditionally, Siberia extends eastwards from the Ural Mountains to the Pacific Ocean, and includes most of the drainage basin of the Arctic Ocean.

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The central part of Siberia was considered the core part of the region in the Soviet Union.

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Siberia said that the neighbouring Chinese, Turks, and Mongolians, who have similar names for the region, would not have known Russian.

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Siberia suggests that the name might be a combination of two words with Turkic origin, "su" and "bir" .

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Some suggest that the term "Siberia" is a russification of their ethnonym.

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Siberia became one of the destinations for sending internal exiles.

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Siberia has extensive natural resources: during the 20th century, large-scale exploitation of these took place, and industrial towns cropped up throughout the region.

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Highest point in Siberia is the active volcano Klyuchevskaya Sopka, on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

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The climate in West Siberia is several degrees warmer than in the East where in the north an extreme winter subarctic climate prevails.

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Term "Siberia" has both a long history and wide significance, and association.

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In Russian, 'Siberia' is commonly used as a substitute for the name of the federal district by those who live in the district itself, but less commonly used to denote the federal district by people residing outside of it.

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Wider definitions of geographic Siberia include the cities of: Chelyabinsk and Yekaterinburg in the Urals, Khabarovsk and Vladivostok in the Russian Far East, and even Petropavlovsk in Kazakhstan and Harbin in China.

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Siberia is extraordinarily rich in minerals, containing ores of almost all economically valuable metals.

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Remote parts of Siberia are too costly to connect to central electricity and gas grids, and have therefore historically been supplied with costly diesel, sometimes flown in by helicopter.

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Siberia is known for its pelmeni dumpling; which in the winter are traditionally frozen and stored outdoors.

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