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Geography ABC's ~ Mongolia

written by: Susan•edited by: Amanda Grove•updated: 12/29/2008

Do you know what three sports held during the Naadam festival? Or a buuz is? Come and learn about Mongolia.

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    Mongolia

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    The least crowded country in the world with a landscape of mountains, steppes, and deserts

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    Did you know...

    A is for the Altai mountain is the highest of the three mountain ranges in Mongolia.

    B is for buuz, a dish of steamed mutton (lamb) dumplings.

    C is for cooper which is found through out Mongolia.

    D is for deel. Have you ever wondered what the long coat worn by archers during the Naadam festival was called? It's a deel.

    E is for Erdene Zuu monastery. Built in 1585.

    F is for the fresh water. Mongolia offers one of the last areas of pure fresh water and has the world's largest fresh water fish, the taimen.

    G is for the Gobi bear, with only 50 left in the Gobi desert this is one of the world’s rarest animals.

    I is for the ibex. A type of mountain goat with large, very large, curled horns.

    J is for the jerboa which lives in the desert areas. It stands and moves like a kangaroo and has extremely long ears.

    K is for Khovsgol Nuur, the second oldest lake in the world and contains 2% of the world’s freshwater supply.

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    A peek

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    at the people and the land

    L is for Lunar New Year or Tsagaan Sar, Mongolia’s largest festival.

    M is for morin Khuur, a two string box instrument.

    N is for Nairamdliin Orgil, the highest point in Mongolia, which means Mount Friendship.

    P is for pikas or rock rabbit.

    R is for the round ger that the nomadic family live in.

    S is for soyombo, the national emblem representing fire, the sun, the moon, the earth, and water.

    T is for takhi, Mongolia’s national symbol and the only genuine wild horse in the world.

    U is for Ulannbaatar the capital city.

    W is for wrestling one of the three sports held during the Naadam festival.

    X marks the spot.

    Y is for Yak hair which is turned into yarn.

    Z is for Zakhchin one of the top 5 ethic groups the live in Mongolia.