The Ural Mountains are about 1,500 miles long and run from north to south, from near the Aral Sea to the Arctic Ocean, passing through Russia and Kazakhstan. They have traditionally been used on maps as the boundary between Europe and Asia although they may not be a completely accurate boundary mark.Continue Reading
The Ural Mountains are among the richest in minerals in the world and have been mined for hundreds of years. They provide coal, iron, silver, gold, lead, salt, aluminum, magnesium, diamonds and a wide range of other gemstones.
The highest point of the mountains is the peak of Mount Narodnaya, which stands at 6,214 feet. The mountains are divided into five subsections: the southern, middle, northern, pre-polar and polar regions.
Animals, trees and plants native to Siberia are found in the Ural Mountains. Some examples are lynxes, wolverines, brown bears, elks, Siberian pine trees and Norway spruce trees.
The Ural Mountains are estimated to be 250 to 300 million years old. Their height has lowered considerably over time and are mere hills in some places.
Though the mountains are often used as a border between Europe and Asia, they don't serve as a barrier. The Mongols had no trouble passing through them to invade Russia in the 13th century.Learn more about Russia
Russia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan and Armenia comprise the Commonwealth of Independent States, or CIS, as of 2014. Turkmenistan and Ukraine are both unofficial members of the organization. Georgia was a member of the CIS but left the group in 2008.Full Answer >
The Arctic Ocean spans the entire northern border of Russia. While the western and southern borders of Russia are shared with other countries, the eastern border faces onto the Pacific Ocean.Full Answer >
According to New Advent, the distance from the eastern border of Russia to its western border is roughly 6,666 miles, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk to the Black Sea. Russia's area is one-sixth of the globe's total land surface.Full Answer >
At its narrowest point, the gap between Russia and the mainland of Alaska is 55 miles wide. However, if including the Russian-owned island of Big Diomede and the American-owned island Little Diomede, Alaska and Russia come as close as 2 1/2 miles to one another.Full Answer >