|Kyrgyz: Чүй өрөөнү|
Kazakh: Шу аңғары
Russian: Чуйская долина
|Area||32,000 km2 (12,000 sq mi)|
|Countries||Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan|
The Chuy Valley (Kyrgyz: Чүй өрөөнү, Kazakh: Шу аңғары, Russian: Чуйская долина) is a large valley located in north Tian-Shan. It extends from Boom Gorge in the east to Muyunkum Desert in the west. It has an area of about 32,000 square kilometers, and borders Kyrgyz Ala-Too in the south, and Chu-Ili mountains in the north. Through Boom Gorge in the narrow east part Chuy Valley is linked with Issyk-Kul Valley. Chu River is the major stream of the valley.
The warm summer and availability of drinking and irrigation water makes this area one of the most fertile and most densely populated regions of Kyrgyzstan.
The climate is sharply continental. Summers are long and hot, and winters are relatively short and cold. The average temperature of the hottest month (July) is 24.4 °C with the maximum of +43 °C. The average temperature of the coldest month (January) is -5.0 °C with the minimum of -38 °C. The typical annual precipitation varies from 300 to 500 mm/year in different climatic zones of the valley. Precipitation progressively increases with increasing altitude near Kyrgyz Ala-Too range. Spring and autumn are the rainiest seasons in Chuy Valley.
Towns and urban-type settlements in Chuy Valley
- Чүй облусу:Энциклопедия [Encyclopedia of Chuy Oblast] (in Kyrgyz and Russian). Bishkek: Chief Editorial Board of Kyrgyz Encyclopedia. 1994. p. 718. ISBN 5-89750-083-5.
- Abazov, Rafis (2004). Historical Dictionary of Kyrgyzstan. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press. p. 105. ISBN 0-8108-4868-6.
- Słownik Geografii ZSRR (in Polish). Warszawa: Wiedza Powszechna. 1974. p. 422.
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (2006). 2006 World Drug Report: Analysis. United Nations Publications. pp. 2096–. ISBN 978-92-1-148214-0.
- First National Communication of the Kyrgyz Republic under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (PDF) (Report). 2003. p. 25. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
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