Central Asia

Central Asia is a region in Asia which stretches from the Caspian Sea in the west to China and Mongolia in the east, and from Afghanistan and Iran in the south to Russia in the north, including the former Soviet republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. It is also colloquially referred to as "the stans" as the countries all have names ending with the Persian suffix "-stan", meaning "land of". Central Asia was historically closely tied to the Silk Road trade routes, acting as a crossroads for the movement of people, goods, and ideas between Europe and Asia. In the Pre-Islamic and early Islamic eras Central Asia was inhabited predominantly by Iranians, populated by Eastern Iranian-speaking Bactrians, Sogdians, Chorasmians and the semi-nomadic Scythians and Dahae.

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Exploring Earth From Space: Lake Balkhash – The Largest Lake in Central Asia

Climate Change Is Turning More of Central Asia into Desert

Ancient bacterial DNA hints Europe’s Black Death started in Central Asia

Unprecedented Central Asia Warming Confirmed by New Way of Analyzing Tree Rings

Roots of Animal Domestication in Central Asia Stretch Back at Least 8,000 Years

Human-induced drying trend in Central Asia since the 1950s

Early dispersal of neolithic domesticated sheep into the heart of central Asia

Early dispersal of neolithic domesticated sheep into the heart of central Asia

Genghis Khan Didn't Bring Down Central Asia's Medieval River Civilizations. But Climate Change Did

Megadroughts in arid central Asia delayed the cultural exchange along the proto-Silk Road

Climate Change, Not Mongol Invasion, Destroyed Central Asia’s River Civilizations

Climate change caused the demise of Central Asia's river civilizations, not Genghis Khan