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(zo͝on-gâr`ēə) or


(jo͝ong`gär`), physical region (c.300,000 sq mi/777,000 sq km) of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, NW China. It is a largely steppe and semidesert basin surrounded by high mountains (the Tian Shan in the south and the Altai in the north). Wheat, barley, oats, and sugar beets are grown, and cattle, sheep, and horses are raised. The fields are irrigated with melted snow from the permanently white-capped mountains. Ürümqi (Urumchi) and Yining (Kuldja) are the main cities; other smaller oasis towns dot the piedmont areas. The population consists of Uigurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Mongols, and Chinese; since 1953 there has been a massive influx of Chinese to work on water conservation and industrial projects. The Dzungaria has deposits of coal, iron, and gold, as well as large oil fields. Dzungaria (named for the Dzungar, one of the Mongol tribes) was ruled by a confederation of Western Mongols that established (17th cent.) a large empire in central Asia. The region passed to the Chinese in the mid-18th cent. The Dzungarian Alatau is a mountain chain that lies on the boundary of Xinjiang and Kazakhstan (see AlatauAlatau
or Ala-Tau
[Turkic,=mottled mountains], several ranges of the Tian Shan system in central Asia. The Alatau ranges are the Dzungarian, the Kungei, the Talas, the Terskei, and the Trans-Ili; all except the Talas Alatau rise to more than 16,000 ft (4,880 m).
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). At the eastern end of the chain, on the Kazakhstan-Chinese border, lies the Dzungarian Gate, a pass which for centuries was used as an invasion route by conquerors from central Asia. The name also appears as Jungaria, Sungaria, or Zungaria.
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, Dzungaria, Zungaria
an arid region of W China, in N Xinjiang Uygur between the Altai Mountains and the Tian Shan
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luteus from Mongolian Dzungaria (2n = 56, NFa = 54 (?); Orlov et al.
The western zone (Dzungaria, the Tarim Depression) is exposed to the effect of the Atlantic winds, and the seasonal distribution of precipitation is more regular.
In the west are the K'a-shun, Dzungaria, and the Trans-Altai gobis, and in the central part is the Mongolian Gobi (the Gobi Desert).
It covers a large area from the shores of the Caspian Sea in the west to the base of the Dzungaria Alatau Range, the Shan Range, and the Pamir-Alai to the east and southeast.
In the Xinjiang mountains surrounding the Dzungaria and Tarim basins, copper, zinc, lead, gold, nickel, lithium and rare earth mineral resources are found.
In the deserts of the Turan Plain and Dzungaria (from the Caspian Sea to western Mongolia), there are about 10 endemic genera, the most important being Arthrophytum (Chenopodi-aceae), Rhammatophyllum (Brassicaceae), and Eremosparton and Smirnowia (Leguminosae).
Subshrubby species of Nanophyton are common in the deserts of the Turan, Dzungaria, and western Mongolia.
The reunification of China under the T'ang dynasty (618-907 a.d.) allowed the Chinese to recover control of the desert regions of central Asia (Dzungaria, Xinjiang).
Przewalski (1839-1888) discovered it in 1879, it only occurred in the sparsely populated regions of central Asia called Dzungaria (between the Mongolian Altai and the eastern Tian Shan Range).