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Kazakhstan location

Posted on November 24, 2014 – 01:11 pm

Kurchatov, Kazakhstan

Kazakstan Respublikasy

LOCATION AND SIZE.

Kazakhstan is located in the center of the Eurasian landmass in what is known as Central Asia. Kazakhstan is bordered on the east by China, on the south by Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, on the west by the Caspian Sea, and on the north by Russia. The capital city of Astana is located 1, 300 kilometers (808 miles) north of Almaty (the former capital), roughly in the center of the country. With a total surface area of 2, 717, 300 square kilometers (1, 049, 150 square miles), Kazakhstan is the ninth-largest country in the world, slightly less than 4 times the size of the U.S. state of Texas. The northern border with Russia, which spans 6, 846 kilometers (4, 030 miles), is the longest continuous bi-national border in the world.

In physical respects, Kazakhstan is a country of superlatives. It sweeps from the high mountain border regions near China across the mineral rich regions of Eastern Kazakhstan, then further west across broad expanses of plains to the oil-rich regions of Western Kazakhstan near the shore of the Caspian Sea. To the north, Kazakhstan is bordered by the taigas of southern Siberia (taigas are subarctic forests that border on the harsher arctic tundra); to the south, Kazakhstan is bordered by the Aral Sea and the deserts of Central Asia. Kazakhstan is rich in oil, gas, and other mineral resources including gold, iron ore, coal, copper, chrome, and zinc. Large oil deposits are located in the western regions of Kazakhstan and in the Caspian coastal region. Massive Soviet Union-era mining and mineral processing complexes are located at various points around the country. Kazakhstan is home to the Baikonur Soviet Cosmod-rome, still used as the launching pad for Russian space flights. Kazakhstan is also home to the main Soviet nuclear weapons testing range, not used since 1992, located near the city of Semipalatinsk in the northeastern part of the country.

POPULATION.

The population of Kazakhstan was estimated at 16, 733, 227 in July 2000, a slight decrease from the 1990 population. In 2000 the birth rate stood at 16.78 births per 1, 000 while the death rate was 10.56 deaths per 1, 000 persons. Migration out of the country, estimated at 6.7 persons per 1, 000, has been a major source of the country's population decline. The population was estimated to be shrinking at a rate of .05 percent a year in 2000.

1865 Photo Syr-dar'inskaia oblast'. Kyshlak Ikan adobe walls and buildings of the village of Ikan (Staryy Ikan) with men on camels in foreground. Location: Kazakhstan
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  • 1865 Photo Syr-dar inskaia oblast . Kyshlak Ikan adobe walls and buildings of the village of Ikan (Staryy Ikan) with men on camels in foreground. Location: Kazakhstan
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1865 Photo Syr-dar'inskaia oblast'. G. Kazalinsk. Torgovye riady (bazar) several market stalls with buildings in Kazalinsk (Qazaly) in the background. Location: Asia, Central, Kazakhstan
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What is kazakhstan's location?

Central Asia east of the Caspian sea south of Siberia north of Afghanistan

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