The Russian Federation is the largest country on earth, spanning over seventeen million square kilometres. Its easternmost tip is the Chukchi Peninsula
's topography includes the world's deepest lake and Europe's highest mountain and longest river.
The broad European Plain, or Volga
River Plain extends from the Ural Mountains
to its western borders.
In the far southwest the Caucasus Mountains
slice across the land. The country's highest point, Mt. Elbrus
, is located here, at 5642m.
The central and southern areas include large fertile areas, marsh, steppes and massive coniferous forests.
is a combination of frozen tundra, with rolling hills rising to plateaus, and numerous rugged mountain ranges.
The northeast, south-central and southeast areas are covered by a wide variety of mountain ranges.
A few on the Kamchatka Peninsula are active volcanoes. Significant rivers of Russia
include the Volga, Lena, Ob, and Yenisey.
is the deepest lake in the world, at 1637 m.
Largest Cities: Moscow
, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Sverdlovsk, Rostov, Vladivostok, Irkutsk, Volgograd, Omsk
See also: Political map of Russia