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By Elizabeth Endicott

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An illustrated background of the pastoral nomadic lifestyle in Mongolia, this e-book examines the numerous demanding situations that Mongolian herders proceed to stand within the fight over normal assets within the post-socialist loose marketplace period.

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Or, one may instead use the convenient distinctions of vegetation zones: taiga in the north; mountain-forest-steppe (north-central); steppe (central); and desert-steppe and desert (southern tier). In terms of livestock herding, Mongolia’s pasturelands may be divided into five zones: the Khangai-Khövsgöl forested mountain region of the northwest; the Selenge-Onon Rivers region of north-central Mongolia; the high Altai Mountain zone; the central-eastern steppe lands; and the desert and steppe region of the Gobi.

Simukov noted that the spacing of ayils at great distance from one another led to an insular and monotonous way of life, punctuated only by occasional trips to a nearby monastery or trips for trade purposes. Interestingly, the Gobi pattern of pastureland usage was not as predictably regular as in the mountainous regions of north-central Mongolia, including the Khangai. Winter and summer pastures were intermingled in the Gobi, though in general Gobi herders preferred open spaces in summer and mountainous or hilly terrain in winter.

Some of Simukov’s observations on the pastoral nomadic way of life centered on the similarities between the Gobi and other regions of Mongolia; others underscored the extremes and particularities of the Gobi. Many of Simukov’s interregional comparisons serve to contrast the Gobi with the Khangai region. Of course, there are also some very significant variations among the other non-Gobi regions of Mongolia that merit attention. The Gobi Contrasted with the Khangai and Other Regions of Mongolia Among the primary contrasts between the Khangai region and the Gobi region are the number of nomadic migrations and the distances covered in each migration.

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