Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked state in Central Asia bordered by China, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The climate varies across regions, being dry continental in the Tien Shan Mountains, subtropical in southwest and temperate in northern zone. In terms of terrain, it is entirely mountainous, dominated by the Tien Shan range; 94% of the country is 1,000 m above sea level. The associated valleys and basins encompass the entire nation. In regards to natural resources, Kyrgyzstan has access to abundant hydropower as well as, among other materials, significant deposits of gold and rare earth metals.
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