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Kazakhstan: Geography#

LocationCentral Asia, northwest of China; a small portion west of the Ural (Zhayyq) River in eastern-most Europe
Geographic Coordinates48 00 N, 68 00 E 48.0,68.0
Area total: 2,724,900 sq km
land: 2,699,700 sq km
water: 25,200 sq km
We are unable to verify those figures from Factbook, since the 6 main sources we used for checking give different figures as follows:
Factbook: 2724900
DBpedia: 2724888
Geoname: 2717300
Infoplease: 2717300
Britannica: 2724900
Wolfram: 2725000

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Land boundariestotal: 12,185 km
border countries: China 1,533 km, Kyrgyzstan 1,224 km, Russia 6,846 km, Turkmenistan 379 km, Uzbekistan 2,203 km
Coastline0 km (landlocked); note - Kazakhstan borders the Aral Sea, now split into two bodies of water (1,070 km), and the Caspian Sea (1,894 km)
Elevation Extremeslowest point: Vpadina Kaundy -132 m
highest point: Khan Tangiri Shyngy (Pik Khan-Tengri) 6,995 m
Highest MountainsDue to difference in mountain rankings taken from two data sources we are listing here both lists :
According to Wolfram: Hantengri Feng 6995 m; Shatior 6637 m; Mramornaja Stena 6400 m; Gora Belukha 4506 m
According to Geonames: Gora Alagordy 4622 m; Bürkitauyl Tau 3373 m; Gora Aksubas 3305 m; Gora Tauteke 3252 m; Gora Bayberdy 3247 m

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Terrainvast flat steppe extending from the Volga in the west to the Altai Mountains in the east and from the plains of western Siberia in the north to oases and deserts of Central Asia in the south
Natural Hazardsearthquakes in the south; mudslides around Almaty
Natural Resourcemajor deposits of petroleum, natural gas, coal, iron ore, manganese, chrome ore, nickel, cobalt, copper, molybdenum, lead, zinc, bauxite, gold, uranium
Land Usearable land: 8.82%
permanent crops: 0.03%
other: 91.15% (2011)
Climatecontinental, cold winters and hot summers, arid and semiarid
Irrigated Land20,660 sq km (2010)
Renewable Water Resources107.5 cu km (2011)
Environment_CurrentIssuesradioactive or toxic chemical sites associated with former defense industries and test ranges scattered throughout the country pose health risks for humans and animals; industrial pollution is severe in some cities; because the two main rivers that flowed into the Aral Sea have been diverted for irrigation, it is drying up and leaving behind a harmful layer of chemical pesticides and natural salts; these substances are then picked up by the wind and blown into noxious dust storms; pollution in the Caspian Sea; soil pollution from overuse of agricultural chemicals and salination from poor infrastructure and wasteful irrigation practices
Environment - international agreementsparty to: Air Pollution, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol
Large CitiesDue to difference in city rankings taken from two data sources we are listing here both lists :
According to Wolfram: Almaty; Astana; Shymkent; Qaragandy; Aqtobe
According to Geonames: Almaty; Karagandy; Shymkent; Taraz; Astana

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Important Cities
Geography-noteworld's largest landlocked country; Russia leases approximately 6,000 sq km of territory enclosing the Baykonur Cosmodrome; in January 2004, Kazakhstan and Russia extended the lease to 2050
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