Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Orel (government)

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OREL, a government of Russia, containing 12 districts. It has an area of 18,042 square miles. In the eastern part there is a large area of agricultural land. In the west the soil is sandy and ill adapted for agriculture. Stock raising is the most important industry. There are immense forests which produce timber, tar, and pitch. There are manufactories of iron rails, glass, flour, and hemp products. Pop. about 900,000. Capital Orel.