Thursday, November 30, 2006

Mongolian Nature & Environment Website


Great Mongolia website with information about Mongolian environment.

The total amount of water resources of Mongolia is estimated at 34.6 km3, of which 6.69 km3 is in Khentii, 1.51 km3 in Dornod, 0.14 km3 in Sukhbaatar. These three aimags of Eastern Mongolia accounts for 24.1 % of the total amount of all river water resources in Mongolia.As of 1999, Khentii, Dornod and Sukhbaatar aimags exploited 0.72%, 4.7% and 13.6% of their water resources respectively.

In Eastern Mongolia, there are 885 lakes and ponds of different sizes. 155 of them are in Khentii, 545 in Dornod (Eastern), 185 in Sukhbaatar. Most of them are closed and have no outflow.

There are over 1000 wetlands in Eastern Mongolia including Buir lake, Khalkh, Yakhi, Dorgon, Ganga nuur, Mongol Daguur, Kherlen, Onon, Ulz, Balj, Nomrog, Degee, Khalkh rivers.

Hydrologically, the territories of Khentii, Dornod and Sukhbaatar aimags belong to Pacific basin and Central Asian closed basin. Of the total territory, 64% belongs to the Pacific basin and 36% to the Central Asian closed basin.

Onon, Ulz, Kherlen, Khalkh gol, the biggest rivers in Eastern Mongolia are within Pacific basin. These rivers take their origins at upper parts of Khentii and Khyangan mountain ranges. They form about 11 % of the total surface water run-off in Mongolia. Network density within watersheds of the rivers is 0.1-0.15 km/km2.There are only small rivers with temporary flow in the Central Asian closed basin. Here, river network density is lower.

Asashoryu, Mongolian Sumo Champion

The Associated Press Published: November 21, 2006

FUKUOKA, Japan: Grand champion Asashoryu hurled Kotomitsuki to the dirt Tuesday to widen his lead at the Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament.

In the day's final bout at Fukuoka Kokusai Center, Asashoryu of Mongolia initially gave Kotomitsuki a firm grip of his belt but quickly pulled the sekiwake forward and down at the ring's edge, improving to 10-0. Kotomitsuki fell to 7-3.

Asashoryu, the only grand champion competing in sumo, is aiming for his 19th Emperor's Cup in the 15-day tourney.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Mongolian Sumo Wrestler Kyokushuzen Retires

Mongolian sumo wrestler Kyokushuzan retires

Mongolian wrestler Kyokushuzan retired Tuesday from professional sumo because of heart disease.
The 33-year-old wrestler has been suffering from heart disease for about a year and decided to retire after losing the first match of a tournament that kicked off Sunday, Kyokushuzan said in a televised news conference.
"For all of Japanese fans, thank you for supporting me over the past 15 years," Kyokushuzan said in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, where the 15-day Kyushu Grand Sumo Tournament is being held.
"First of all, I really want to express my gratitude to my stable master Oshima for coming as far as Mongolia 15 years ago and taking me to Japan, and bringing me up like this," said Kyokushuzan, whose real name is Daver Batobayal.
"After my bout yesterday, my heart felt constricted and I realized that I can't go on wrestling," said Kyukushuzan. "This was an important decision because I want to live a long life after sumo."
In his sumo career, Kyokushuzan won special prizes for outstanding performance, fighting spirit and technique five times.
Kyokushuzan, currently the 10th-ranked maegashira, made his sumo debut along with compatriot Kyokutenho at the spring meet in 1992, and was promoted to the elite makuuchi division in 1996.
He was promoted to komusubi, the third-highest rank below grand champion, at the 1997 spring tourney.
The current yokozuna, or grand champion, Asashoryu is also from Mongolia. (AP)
November 13, 2006

Monday, November 20, 2006

Lecture - "Art Under the Mongols, Yuan Dynasty"

On November 16th, 2006, James C.Y. Watt, the Brooke Russel Astor Chairman, Department of Asian Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art presented a lecture titled, "Art Under the Mongols, Yuan Dynasty.

Mr. Watt illuminated the Mongol Khan's patronage for the arts during the Mongol period in China. Mr. Watt's displayed striking images of the renowned 'cloth of gold' textiles which to this day are considered the most expensive textiles ever created. Yuan dynasty ceramics with their distinct motifs and themes of wildlife conveyed the the Mongol rulers love of nature. The lecture also addressed the powerful impact of the Mongols in promoting a cultural exchange of artistic influences through the Mongol Empire's revival of the trade routes of the ancient Silk Road.

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Khubiliai Khan's wife Chabi

Monday, November 13, 2006

Mongol Culture Information Collection

The Mongol Culture Information Collection pages contain a range of informative items both historical, cultural and contemporary that are of interest for those seeking to learn about the Mongol peoples history and culture.