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Old March 2nd, 2011, 03:56 AM   #1
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Why is Russia so big?


Why is the territory of Russia so huge??? What events in history made Russia become such a huge nation (in land, I mean)
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 04:03 AM   #3
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The taiga* is not worth much**, so there's little reason to defend it fiercely. So when the Great Russians decided to lay claim to it, nobody really cared. Those that did resist were not that hard to subdue.

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Taiga is a Russian word equivalent to boreal which means “swamp forest”. The Russian taiga is an ecologically unique forest that spans an area larger than the continental United States.
** The natural resources located there weren't discovered until relatively recently. Before the 20th C. the best use they made of the area was for internal exile. "He's counting trees" was the phrase of the day.
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Wikipedia Conquest of the Siberian Khanate should give you an impression of how few people lived there at the time.
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Russia is amazing, however. It includes ELEVEN time zones. All of them frozen, but that's just another interesting aspect of the place. If I had it I'd turn it into the world's nature reserve.
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Why is the territory of Russia so huge??? What events in history made Russia become such a huge nation (in land, I mean)
Seems to me the land mass being so massive, much like the US, and horizontal, that the 'Russians' in their history always seemed to have a weapon's/military advantage over whomever they conquered and added to their growing empire. Once gobbled up, the country grew.
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The taiga* is not worth much**, so there's little reason to defend it fiercely. So when the Great Russians decided to lay claim to it, nobody really cared. Those that did resist were not that hard to subdue.
My google-fu failed but I've seen pictures of Leonid Kulik's expedition to the site of the Tunguska event and it gave an idea of just how harsh the landscape was. One pic showed a man up to his thighs in a marsh towing a sled behind him. (and this was during the good season before things really melted and the mosquitoes came out)
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My google-fu failed but I've seen pictures of Leonid Kulik's expedition to the site of the Tunguska event and it gave an idea of just how harsh the landscape was. One pic showed a man up to his thighs in a marsh towing a sled behind him. (and this was during the good season before things really melted and the mosquitoes came out)
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The taiga is also found in northern Canada. It's a nightmare for military operations, tanks simply disappear in the swampy ground overnight. Pretty much a place to avoid when the weather's wrong, that actually being the summer there.
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