Photos - Mongolia (Mongolia) 

Mongolia and the Mongol people have periodically been at the center of international events. The histories of nations - indeed, of continents - have been rewritten and major cultural and political changes have occurred because of a virtual handful of seemingly remote pastoral nomads. The thirteenth-century accomplishments of Chinggis Khan in conquering a swath of the world from modern-day Korea to southern Russia and in invading deep into Europe, and the cultural achievements of his grandson, Khubilai Khan, in China are well-known in world history.

The Mongol character has been greatly influenced by the extremes of Mongolia's geography, comprising huge rolling plateaus, rugged mountain ranges, and areas susceptible to earthquakes. On the one hand Mongolia has Hovsgol Nuur - Asia's second largest freshwater lake - and river systems that drain toward the Arctic and Pacific oceans and into Central Asia, and on the other, the Gobi, a vast arid rangeland within which are even less hospitable desert areas.

If you are planning to visit Mongolia you may be interested in having a quick look at the following photos. Click on the links below to view the pictures. We have taken any attempt to provide exact (GPS-based) coordinates of the positions where the photos have been taken.
The Outskirts of Ulaanbaatar | Paved Road South of Ulaanbaatar | Dirt Road South of Ulaanbaatar | Pristine Land Southwest of Ulaanbaatar | Temporary Water Pool | The Sacred Mountain | Valley near the Sacred Mountain | Mountains in Central Mongolia 1 | Mountains in Central Mongolia 2 | Mongol Cowboy | Gas Station 1 | Gas Station 2 | At the Border of Gobi Desert | Steppe Landscape | Cooking a meal | Erdene Zuu Monastery in Kharakhorum | Little Chinggis Khans | Kharakhorum | Riders | Flowering Steppe | Ogyi Nuur | Road to Tsetserleg | Rainbow over the Millenium Road | Ulaanbaatar Main Square | Government Building in Ulaanbaatar | Naadam Celebrations in Ulaanbaatar | Mongolian Archer | Archers at the Naadam Celebrations | Smog over Ulaanbaatar | Terelj | Edelweiss at Terelj | Mountain Scenery at Terelj | Landscape at Terelj | Ancient Grave | Temple at Kharakorum | Entrance to Tsetserleg | Road Scene at Tsetserleg | Truck | Zayayn Gegeenii Süm | Wrestler's Rock | Landscape near Tsetserleg | Wrestler's Rock | Hoyd Tamir | Owoo | Running Ghosts | Mongol Nomad | Chuluut River Canyon | Tsagaan Nuur | Mongol Family | Bridge | Wind-carved Rock Formations | Landscape near Khorgo Volcano | Horses | Cargo Caravan | Ancient Grave | Graveyard of an Ancient Army | Ider Valley | Telmen Nuur | Sheep Herd | Small Village | Hovd | Ulaanbaatar at Sunset

Mongolia from space. The political borders are drawn as a thin white line.
Image courtesy of Earth Sciences and Image Analysis Laboratory, NASA Johnson Space Center.