1. According to the textbook, how has the breakup of the Soviet Union affected population density in the region? How might increased integration into the world market affect population density? What effects might these changes have on pollution levels and the environment?
2. Given the problem of pollution in this region, how might the location of major concentrations of population be affected by, or continue to exacerbate, the problem?
3. What does the connection between industrial areas and fossil fuel pipelines show about the future of industry in Russia and the Post-Soviet States? What does it imply about the reliance of the region on these pipelines?