Kazakhstan - Research Article from Worldmark Encyclopedia of the Nations

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Location, Size, and Extent

Kazakhstan is located in southern Asia between Russia and Uzbekistan, bordering on the Caspian Sea and the Aral Sea, with a total area of 2,717,300 sq km (1,049,155 sq mi). Kazakhstan shares boundaries with Russia on the N and W, China on the E, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan on the S, and the Caspian Sea on the W. Kazakhstan's boundary length totals 12,012 km (7,464 mi). Its capital city, Astana, is located in the north-central part of the country.

Topography

The topography of Kazakhstan is varied, as it extends from the Volga River to the Altai Mountains, and from plains in western Siberia to central Asian oasis and desert. About 12% of Kazakhstan's land is arable with less than 1% under irrigation.

Climate

The country has an arid continental climate. In January, the mean temperature is -5°C (23°F). Rainfall averages between 25 cm (9.8 in) and 38 cm (15 in...

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