The central Asian republic of Kyrgyzstan is part of a mountainous region on the borders of Kazakhstan and China. This landlocked country is also bounded by Uzbekistan on the west and by Tajikistan on the south. It includes peaks rising to over 6,000 m/20,000 ft. These mountains carry snow the year round. However, because of the distance from the sea and the shelter of the Pamir and Himalayan ranges to the south and southeast, it is a rather dry region considering its height. Winters are cold but spring comes earlier than farther north. The tables for Alma Ata in Kazakhstan and Tashkent in Uzbekistan illustrate conditions in the valleys of this region.
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