The Amur River

The Amur River

The Amur River is almost unknown. Yet it is the tenth longest river in the world, rising in the Mongolian mountains and flowing through Siberia to the Pacific to form the tense, highly fortified border between Russia and China.

Author: Colin Thubron

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781473565913

Category: Travel

Page: 304

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'Thubron on top form. Richly detailed, immaculately written and full of insights and encounters that bring a complex corner of the world to life' Michael Palin *As serialised on BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week* **A FINANCIAL TIMES, SUNDAY TELEGRAPH AND SPECTATOR BOOK OF THE YEAR** **ONE OF THE DAILY TELEGRAPH'S BEST 75 BOOKS OF 2021** A dramatic and ambitious new journey from our greatest travel writer that makes a perfect gift this Christmas. The Amur River is almost unknown. Yet it is the tenth longest river in the world, rising in the Mongolian mountains and flowing through Siberia to the Pacific to form the tense, highly fortified border between Russia and China. In his eightieth year, Colin Thubron takes a dramatic 3,000-mile long journey from the Amur's secret source to its giant mouth. Harassed by injury and by arrest from the local police, he makes his way along both the Russian and Chinese shores on horseback, on foot, by boat and via the Trans-Siberian Railway, talking to everyone he meets. By the time he reaches the river's desolate end, where Russia's nineteenth-century imperial dream petered out, a whole, pivotal world has come alive. The Amur River is a shining masterpiece by the acknowledged laureate of travel writing, an urgent lesson in history and the culmination of an astonishing career. 'Magnificent... Colin Thubron's observations on the relationship between Russia and China are full of insight, from which the world can benefit as it faces the challenges of the twenty-first century' Jung Chang
Categories: Travel

Environmental Change and the Social Response in the Amur River Basin

Environmental Change and the Social Response in the Amur River Basin

urban sprawl along the Amur River after 1990s in Northeast China (Liu et al. 2001; Luo 2001; Deng et al. 2001; Doi and Zhang 2001; Ganzey 2005; Haruyama 2005; Haruyama et al. 2010; Murooka et al. 2007a), and paddy fields there have ...

Author: Shigeko Haruyama

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9784431552451

Category: Science

Page: 262

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This book features research on historical land use and land cover in the Amur River Basin, which are important not only for residents there but also for those affected by its material and water cycles. Land use and land cover are affected by natural and human interactions over long and short timescales. The authors address historical changes in the land cover analysis of the Amur. The Amur region of Russia, land cover change analysis of the Amur, wetland, and flooding of the Amur provide evidence of land cover change. Changes of wetland and floodplain sedimentation processes demonstrate the influences of land cover change on fluvial environment, which are discussed with geomorphology. Water chemistry is showing the physical dimension of the geography of the Amur. The development process of timber harvesting in the Khabarovsk area and land use dynamics in the twentieth century are important evidence of development. The Amur poses an essential question: how can we manage a transboundary watershed without disturbing terrestrial and marine ecosystems for future generations? This book provides essential information for geographers about this relatively unknown region.
Categories: Science

Black Dragon River

Black Dragon River

The known history of the river begins with Genghis Khan and the rise of the Mongolian empire a millennium ago, and the story of the region has been one of aggression and conquest ever since.

Author: Dominic Ziegler

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9780698410169

Category: History

Page: 368

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Black Dragon River is a personal journey down one of Asia’s great rivers that reveals the region’s essential history and culture. The world’s ninth largest river, the Amur serves as a large part of the border between Russia and China. As a crossroads for the great empires of Asia, this area offers journalist Dominic Ziegler a lens with which to examine the societies at Europe's only borderland with east Asia. He follows a journey from the river's top to bottom, and weaves the history, ecology and peoples to show a region obsessed with the past—and to show how this region holds a key to the complex and critical relationship between Russia and China today. One of Asia’s mightiest rivers, the Amur is also the most elusive. The terrain it crosses is legendarily difficult to traverse. Near the river’s source, Ziegler travels on horseback from the Mongolian steppe into the taiga, and later he is forced by the river’s impassability to take the Trans-Siberian Railway through the four-hundred-mile valley of water meadows inland. As he voyages deeper into the Amur wilderness, Ziegler also journeys into the history of the peoples and cultures the river’s path has transformed. The known history of the river begins with Genghis Khan and the rise of the Mongolian empire a millennium ago, and the story of the region has been one of aggression and conquest ever since. The modern history of the river is the story of Russia's push across the Eurasian landmass to China. For China, the Amur is a symbol of national humiliation and Western imperial land seizure; to Russia it is a symbol of national regeneration, its New World dreams and eastern prospects. The quest to take the Amur was to be Russia’s route to greatness, replacing an oppressive European identity with a vibrant one that faced the Pacific. Russia launched a grab in 1854 and took from China a chunk of territory equal in size nearly to France and Germany combined. Later, the region was the site for atrocities meted out on the Russian far east in the twentieth century during the Russian civil war and under Stalin. The long shared history on the Amur has conditioned the way China and Russia behave toward each other—and toward the outside world. To understand Putin’s imperial dreams, we must comprehend Russia’s relationship to its far east and how it still shapes the Russian mind. Not only is the Amur a key to Putinism, its history is also embedded in an ongoing clash of empires with the West.
Categories: History

Carbon and Nutrient Fluxes in Continental Margins

Carbon and Nutrient Fluxes in Continental Margins

The nutrient and carbon budgets for the Okhotsk Sea are determined by the water exchange with the Pacific Ocean, Amur River runoff, and the supply of low nutrient Soya Current water. 7.7.3.1 River Inputs The total freshwater supply into ...

Author: Kon-Kee Liu

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9783540927358

Category: Science

Page: 741

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This book is a product of the joint JGOFS (Joint Global Ocean Flux Study)/LOICZ (Land–Ocean Interactions in the Coastal Zone) Continental Margins Task Team which was established to facilitate continental margins research in the two projects. It contains signi cant information on the physical, biogeochemical, and ecosystems of continental margins nationally and regionally and provides a very valuable synthesis of this information and the physical, biogeochemical and ecosystem processes which occur on continental margins. The publication of this book is timely as it provides a very strong foundation for the development of the joint IMBER (Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems Research)/LOICZ Science Plan and Implemen- tion Strategy for biogeochemical and ecosystems research in the continental margins and the impacts of global change on these systems. This initiative will move forward integrated biogeochemical and ecosystems research in the continental margins. We thank all the contributors to this volume and especially Kon-Kee Liu who has dedicated a great deal of time to ensuring a high-quality book is published. IMBER Scienti c Steering Committee Julie Hall LOICZ Scienti c Steering Committee Jozef Pacyna v 1 Preface In general, interfaces between the Earth’s larger material reservoirs (i. e. , the land, atmosphere, ocean, and sediments) are important in the control of the biogeoche- cal dynamics and cycling of the major bio-essential elements, including carbon (C), nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), sulfur (S), and silicon (Si), found in organic matter and the inorganic skeletons, shells, and tests of benthic and marine organisms.
Categories: Science

A review of major river basins and large lakes relevant to inland fisheries

A review of major river basins and large lakes relevant to inland fisheries

Also known as the Heilongjiang in the People's Republic of China, the Amur River (Table 25-1) is the largest undammed river in the eastern hemisphere. The farthest sources of the Amur River are in the Khentii Mountain Range of ...

Author: Ainsworth, R., Cowx, I.G., Funge-Smith, S.J.

Publisher: Food & Agriculture Org.

ISBN: 9789251338261

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 325

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This review presents summary information on 45 river and great lake basins of the world, which support inland fisheries. The information presented is drawn from published information in peer-reviewed journals as well as grey literature. Each basin summary is presented in a common format, covering the description of the fishery, estimates of catch and numbers of people engaged in the fishery, important biodiversity features and threats to the fishery. An analysis of the replacement costs of inland fish of the basin is also presented. This is expressed in terms of the water, land and greenhouse gas footprint that would arise if the inland fish that are currently produced had to be replaced with other forms of food (such as aquaculture fish, livestock or field crops).
Categories: Technology & Engineering

Riverbank Filtration for Water Security in Desert Countries

Riverbank Filtration for Water Security in Desert Countries

The Amur River is among the ten largest world rivers and ranks third in the Russian Federation in terms of length and fourth in terms of drainage area. The Amur River basin area is 1,856,000 km2, the total length is 4,444 km, ...

Author: Chittaranjan Ray

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789400700260

Category: Science

Page: 304

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Riverbank filtration is a low cost, yet efficient water treatment technology. It has most potential to provide safe drinking water to large cities located along rivers or lakes. In particular, it is ideal for large population centres in developing countries, where the cost of building extensive treatment facilities is prohibitive. Water filtration can be successfully implemented using naturally occurring sand and gravel along the river/lake banks. The cost of water produced by this means is much lower than that of water treated in conventional treatment plants. Authored by a multi-disciplinary team of experts, this volume addresses the scientific basis of the filtration process, and also numerous topics of importance for the planning, technical realization, and security of such plants. Their application for the removal of relevant chemical pollutants and a variety of pathogens is analysed in detail.
Categories: Science

Beyond the Amur

Beyond the Amur

The international boundary drawn along the Amur River in 1858 enticed the Russian and Qing states to populate nearly empty lands and to maintain frontier administrations capable of keeping an eye on each other.

Author: Victor Zatsepine

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 9780774834117

Category: History

Page: 240

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Beyond the Amur describes the distinctive frontier society that emerged in the Amur, a river region that shifted between Qing China and Imperial Russia as the two empires competed for resources. Official histories depict the Amur as a distant battleground caught between rival empires. Zatsepine, by contrast, views it as a unified natural economy populated by Chinese, Russian, Indigenous, Japanese, Korean, Manchu, and Mongol people who crossed the border in search of work or trade and who came together to survive a harsh physical environment. This colourful account of a region and its people highlights the often-overlooked influence of frontier developments on state politics and imperial policies and histories.
Categories: History

Rivers of the World

Rivers of the World

Union, the region drew so much water from the Amu Darya that the river no longer replenishes the Aral Sea. ... The Amur River (Chinese: Black Dragon River) is formed by the confluence of the Shilka and Argun Rivers in the region where ...

Author: James R. Penn

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781576070420

Category: Nature

Page: 357

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Rivers of the World, vividly written and meticulously researched, is a rich and thorough treatment of some 200 of the world's rivers. * Organized in A-Z format, from the rivers Aare to Ziz * Each entry is prefaced with basic facts for the river covered, including river source, tributaries, outlet, and length * Each entry concludes with suggestions for further reading * Includes a full index and glossary of key terms
Categories: Nature

Rivers

Rivers

Surely there isn't anyone who could contemplate the majestic Amur River with indifference. —V. Kuranov, 1980. Known. in Chinese as the Black Dragon River, the Amur proper flows ina great S bend for 1,790 miles (2,881 km) to its ...

Author: Laurie Burnham

Publisher: Infobase Publishing

ISBN: 9781438106700

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 201

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Explores how these rivers (the planet's two longest rivers, which flow through African deserts and Amazon jungles) came to exist, their place in history, what makes each unusual, and environmental challenges.
Categories: Juvenile Nonfiction