Russia has one commander who never lost to an invasion ~ General Winter.
Last term the Star & I looked at the Russian Revolution ~ which is all about politics & actually very dull but necessary to a good understanding of the modern world. It was, in fact, so very dull, I did not require her to write anything on it ~ not yet, anyway. Instead I sent her scrounging after all the interesting or peculiar facts she could discover about Russia.. These are just some of them!
. Russia is the largest country in the world: 17, 075 square kilometres.
.It is a trans~continental country that covers ½ of the northern hemisphere & ½ the earth’s land mass.
. It is the 9th most populated country
. It spans 9 time zones
. It covers 40% of the European continent
. It is neighbours with more countries than anywhere else on earth
. It touches 22 bodies of water
.Russia’s lakes hold ¼ of the world’s fresh water.
. It has the world’s largest reserve of mineral & energy resources
. During the 18th century it was the 3rd largest empire in world history.
. Moscow has 11 million people & is Europe’s largest city
. The world’s largest forest reserves are in Russia.
. The forests are 2nd only to the Amazon rainforest in the amount of co2 they produce
. The forests are known as “The Lungs of Europe”
. The Russian Taiga is the world’s largest terrestrial biome [boreal forest]
. Russia has the world’s largest active volcano: Khjuchevskaya Sopka [4750m]
. Ladoga Lake is the largest lake in Europe: 18 400sq km. with an average depth of 51m
. Baikal Lake is the deepest lake in Russia. At 31.5 sq km it could cover Mt Everest.
. The Khubins are the highest mountains behind Russia’s polar circle
. Kamchatka Volcanoes are turned into ski slopes
. Russia has 12 seas.
. The Russian tundra is melting for the first time since The Ice Age
. Oymyakon is the coldest city on earth with a lowest recorded temperature of -96F.
. Altai has more than 820 glaciers covering 600sq km
. The Caspian Sea is the world’s largest inland body of water.
. The Aral Sea [the 4th largest inland sea]