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Erdenet (Mongolian: Эрдэнэт, literally "with treasure") is the third-largest city in Mongolia, with a 2017 population of 97,814, and the capital of the aimag (province) of Orkhon. Officially known as Bayan-Öndör[citation needed]. Located in the northern part of the country, it lies in a valley between the Selenge and Orkhon rivers about 240 km (149 mi) (as the bird flies) northwest of Ulaanbaatar, the capital. The road length between Ulaanbaatar and Erdenet is about 370 km (230 mi).

Erdenet

Эрдэнэт
ᠡᠷᠳᠡᠨᠢᠲᠦ
Bayan-Öndör District
Баян-Өндөр сум
ᠪᠠᠶ᠋ᠠᠨᠥᠨᠳᠦᠷᠰᠤᠮᠤ
View of Erdenet
View of Erdenet
Official seal of Erdenet
Seal
Erdenet is located in Mongolia
Erdenet
Erdenet
Coordinates: 49°01′40″N 104°02′40″E / 49.02778°N 104.04444°E / 49.02778; 104.04444
CountryMongolia
ProvinceOrkhon Province
Founded1974
Area
 • Total208.0 km2 (80.3 sq mi)
Elevation
1,280 m (4,200 ft)
Population
 (2017)
 • Total97,814
 • Density470/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (UTC + 8)
Area code(s)+976 7035 (7039)
Vehicle registrationOP_ ( _ variable)
ClimateDwc
Websitewww.erdenet.mn

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HistoryEdit

Erdenet, one of the youngest settlements in Mongolia, was founded in 1974[1] in an area where large deposits of copper had been discovered in the 1950s. A single-track railway line with a length of 120 km (75 mi) linking Erdenet to the Trans-Mongolian Railway was inaugurated in 1977.[2] In the middle of the 1980s, more than 50% of the inhabitants were Russians working as engineers or miners. After the fall of Soviet Communism in 1990, however, most Russians left Erdenet. Today, about 10% of the population is Russian.[1]

Erdenet Mining CorporationEdit

The city hosts the fourth largest copper mine in the world. The Erdenet Mining Corporation is a joint Mongolian-Russian venture, and accounts for a majority of Mongolia's hard currency income. Erdenet mines 22.23 million tons of ore per year, producing 126,700 tons of copper and 1,954 tons of molybdenum.[3] The mine accounts for 13.5% of Mongolia's GDP and 7% of tax revenue.[4] About 8,000 people are employed in the mine.[5]

InfrastructureEdit

Erdenet is linked to Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia, and to the towns of Darkhan and Bulgan by a paved road and is easily accessible by bus several times each day. The distance to the capital where the nearest airport is situated amounts to 370 km (230 mi) and travel by car takes about eight hours. Train connections between Erdenet and Ulaanbaatar are less comfortable as there is only one train per day covering the distance in 11 hours.[citation needed]

SightsEdit

  • Tourists are allowed to visit the mine by appointment. It is in the eastern part of the city, about 6 km (4 mi) from the centre.
  • Another important economic factor of Erdenet is the carpet factory about 2 km (1 mi) from the center to the east which was founded in 1981. Every year, about 2,000 tons of wool are processed in the factory where about 1,100 people are employed.[6]
  • The Mining Museum, in the Culture Palace on the central town square.[7]
  • The Aimag Museum was founded in 1983.
  • The Fraternity Monument dating from 1984 is on a hill offering a scenic view of the whole city in the northeastern part of Erdenet.
  • A new temple with a large Buddha statue was built very recently in the eastern part of Erdenet.
  • An amusement park was laid out in the east of the center.
  • Amarbayasgalant Monastery is a Buddhist monastery about 60 km (37 mi) northeast of Erdenet. It was founded between 1727 and 1737, partially destroyed by order of Khorloogiin Choibalsan in 1937 and reconstructed after 1975 using financial aid provided by the UNESCO.

PopulationEdit

Erdenet population [8][9][10][11][12][13]
1975
est.
1979
census
1981
est.
1985
est.
1989
census
1994
est.
2000
census
2003
est.
2004
est.
2005
est.
2006
est.
2007
est.
2008
est.
4,100 31,900 38,700 45,400 56,100 63,000 68,310 78,882 80,858 81,249 83,160 85,121 86,866

ClimateEdit

Erdenet has a subarctic climate (Köppen climate classification: Dwc).

Climate data for Erdenet
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) −11.1
(12.0)
−7.5
(18.5)
0.2
(32.4)
9.2
(48.6)
16.9
(62.4)
21.9
(71.4)
22.0
(71.6)
20.5
(68.9)
15.8
(60.4)
7.2
(45.0)
−1.9
(28.6)
−9.0
(15.8)
7.0
(44.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) −17.9
(−0.2)
−15.2
(4.6)
−7.9
(17.8)
1.4
(34.5)
8.4
(47.1)
14.1
(57.4)
15.5
(59.9)
13.8
(56.8)
8.2
(46.8)
−0.3
(31.5)
−9.0
(15.8)
−15.5
(4.1)
−0.4
(31.3)
Average low °C (°F) −24.6
(−12.3)
−22.8
(−9.0)
−15.9
(3.4)
−6.3
(20.7)
−0.1
(31.8)
6.4
(43.5)
9.1
(48.4)
7.2
(45.0)
0.7
(33.3)
−7.8
(18.0)
−16.0
(3.2)
−21.9
(−7.4)
−7.7
(18.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 3
(0.1)
3
(0.1)
7
(0.3)
13
(0.5)
22
(0.9)
67
(2.6)
96
(3.8)
74
(2.9)
42
(1.7)
12
(0.5)
8
(0.3)
4
(0.2)
351
(13.9)
Source: [14]

GalleryEdit

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Michael Kohn: Mongolia, p. 142, London (2008)
  2. ^ Werner Elstner: Mongolei, p. 146, Berlin 1993
  3. ^ Montsame News Agency. Mongolia (2006), Foreign Service Office of Montsame News Agency, ISBN 99929-0-627-8, pg. 80
  4. ^ Montsame News Agency. Mongolia (2006), Foreign Service Office of Montsame News Agency; ISBN 99929-0-627-8, pg. 83
  5. ^ Michael Kohn: Mongolia, p. 143, London (2008)
  6. ^ Marion Wisotzki. Mongolei, p.227, Berlin 2010
  7. ^ Michael Kohn: Mongolia, p. 144, London (2008)
  8. ^ National Statistical Office Archived 7 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ National Economy of the Mongolian People's Republic (1921-1981), Ulaanbaatar (1981)
  10. ^ "www.geohive.com geregistreerd via Argeweb - webhosting en domeinregistratie". www.geohive.com.
  11. ^ "Population statistics: historical demography". www.populstat.info.
  12. ^ Mongolia City Development Strategies for Secondary Cities, worldbank.org; accessed 22 February 2017.
  13. ^ Statistical Report 2008 Archived 2011-07-22 at the Wayback Machine, statis.mn; accessed 22 February 2017.
  14. ^ "Climate: Erdenet". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved March 3, 2018.
  15. ^ "Sister/Twin Cities of Balıkesir Province" (PDF).
  16. ^ Bozsoki, Agnes. "Partnervárosok Névsora Partner és Testvérvárosok Névsora" [Partner and Twin Cities List]. City of Székesfehérvár (in Hungarian). Archived from the original on 8 December 2012. Retrieved 22 February 2017.

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