National Geographic News

Horses, Mongolian Steppe

Photograph by Mark Leong, National Geographic

An ocean of green, Mongolia is the most sparsely populated country in the world, with just under three million people in a landmass larger than Alaska. Mongolian culture—physical, mobile, self-reliant, and free—developed out here on the steppe. "When people move to Ulaanbaatar, they bring that mentality with them," says Baabar, a well-known publisher and historian.

See more pictures from the October 2011 feature story "The Urban Clan of Genghis Khan."