About Caucasus




Caucasus is a region in Eastern Europe and the West Asia, it lies between the Black and Caspian Seas, it includes the Caucasus Mountain range and some lower landscapes, and sometimes it is considered part of Central Asia. In the south of Caucasus, also named Transcaucasia, two independent Christian states; Armenia and Georgia, coexist with the Muslim state of Azerbaijan.

It's a place known by many myths: The rests of Noah's Arc have been found in the Mount Ararat, the national Armenian symbol (which now lies in Turkey), the Garden of Eden was in the south of Azerbaijan, and Prometheus was held prisoner by Zeus in Mount Caucasus now placed in actual Georgia.

The Caucasus is inhabited by dozens of ethnic groups, which also speak dozens of languages. Their social structure is based on clans and on family relationships.

This area stands out by its great oil deposits and gas resources, minerals, which in a world that is running short of these raw materials, makes this region strategically more important.

Everyone has an eye over Caucasus, the Americans economic interests, Russian territorial claims, and Islamic religious interests. The conflict has a dark oil color; there are possibly more than 100 billion barrels of oil in the Caspian Sea, especially in the Azeri territory.






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