Which are characteristics of Russia's geography? Choose all answers that are correct. A. Like the United States, Russia includes 4 time zones. B. The only modern countries that are larger in area than Russia are Canada and the United States. C. Kiev, which was formerly in Russia, is now part of the modern country of Ukraine. D. Russia spans two continents—Europe and Asia. E. Many Russian rivers flow north toward the Arctic Ocean.

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Russia, also known as the Russian federation is world's largest country in terms of the overall area. Russian federation geography can be described in terms of its size, location, climate and varied physical features. Russia located in Northern Asia lies between North Pacific Ocean and Europe. Russia is surrounded with countries like China, North Korea, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Norway, Estonia, Latvia and Finland. Russia covers a total area of 17,075,200 sq km out of which 79,400 sq km is water and 16,995,800 sq km is land. Russia's coastlines extend to the Artic and the Pacific oceans that include the Caspian, Baltic and Black sea. In this region important lakes like Lake Onega, Lake Ladoga and Lake Baikal can be located. The arctic and the sub-arctic regions of Russia include the vast plains that stretch between Europe and Asia. This plain, known a Siberia has dense forests that are found in the northern regions. An important feature of Russian federation geography is the beautiful mountain ranges that stretch all across the southern borders. Mount Elbrus is the highest peak of Russia and Europe. The two continents of Asia and Europe are separated by the great Ural Mountains of Russia. The Kamchatka ranges in Russian federation are known for its active volcanoes. 

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