Old Map of Kazakhstan, 1967: Almaty, Karaganda, Shymkent, Lake Balkhash, Aral Sea
Old Map of Kazakhstan, 1967: Almaty, Karaganda, Shymkent, Lake Balkhash, Aral Sea
Old Map of Kazakhstan, 1967: Almaty, Karaganda, Shymkent, Lake Balkhash, Aral Sea
Old Map of Kazakhstan, 1967: Almaty, Karaganda, Shymkent, Lake Balkhash, Aral Sea

Old Map of Kazakhstan, 1967: Almaty, Karaganda, Shymkent, Lake Balkhash, Aral Sea

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This 1967 map of the northern and eastern regions of the USSR in Kazakhstan, published by the Polish Army Topography Service, is a detailed political and physical map that provides a comprehensive overview of the region's geography and political landscape. The map covers almost all of modern-day Kazakhstan, excluding only the westernmost parts of the country.

The map features a wealth of information, including the locations of cities, towns, villages, rivers, lakes, mountains, and other geographical features. It also includes political boundaries, such as international borders and administrative divisions within Kazakhstan. The map's scale is 1:2,500,000, which allows for a high level of detail while still providing a broad overview of the region.

One of the most striking features of the map is the vast expanse of the Kazakh Steppe, which dominates the central and eastern parts of the country. This vast, flat grassland is interrupted by occasional mountain ranges, such as the Tien Shan Mountains in the southeast and the Ural Mountains in the west. The map also shows the Aral Sea to the southwest and Lake Balkhash in the southeast, two of the largest bodies of water in Central Asia.

The map also highlights the region's rich history and cultural heritage. Numerous ancient cities and towns are marked on the map, including Almaty, the former capital of Kazakhstan, and Shymkent, one of the country's largest cities. The map also shows the locations of several important historical events, such as the site of the first Soviet nuclear test in 1949 and the Baikonur Cosmodrome, the launch site for the first human spaceflight in 1961.

Overall, this map is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the geography, history, and culture of Kazakhstan. Its detailed and accurate depiction of the region makes it an essential tool for researchers, educators, and travelers alike.

Towns and Cities (ordered by modern day population)

  • Almaty (1,958,000)
  • Karaganda (497,000)
  • Shymkent (1,002,000)
  • Taraz (330,000)
  • Pavlodar (329,000)
  • Semey (307,000)
  • Ust-Kamenogorsk (303,000)
  • Aktobe (494,000)
  • Atyrau (291,000)
  • Kyzylorda (250,000)
  • Petropavl (211,000)
  • Kostanay (210,000)
  • Rudny (109,000)
  • Temirtau (179,000)
  • Zhezkazgan (86,000)
  • Balkhash (78,000)
  • Saran (49,000)
  • Ekibastuz (127,000)
  • Lisakovsk (34,000)
  • Stepnogorsk (47,000)
  • Taldykorgan (123,000)
  • Shakhtersk (46,000)
  • Aksay (32,000)
  • Arys (42,000)
  • Ayagoz (38,000)
  • Kapchagay (41,000)
  • Lenger (25,000)
  • Makat (23,000)
  • Satpayev (45,000)
  • Shchuchinsk (48,000)
  • Zyryanovsk (39,000)

National Parks

  • Bayanaul National Park
  • Burabay National Park
  • Ile-Alatau National Park
  • Karkaraly National Park
  • Katon-Karagay National Park

Geographical Features and Natural Landmarks

  • Lake Balkhash
  • Caspian Sea
  • Ili River
  • Irtysh River
  • Kazakh Uplands
  • Mangyshlak Peninsula
  • Saryarka Steppe
  • Tien Shan Mountains
  • Turgai Depression
  • Ustyurt Plateau

Historical Events (that occurred in the 20 years prior to the original publishing date of this map)

  • 1957: Launch of Sputnik, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth, from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
  • 1960: A powerful earthquake strikes the city of Tashkent in neighboring Uzbekistan, causing widespread damage and loss of life.
  • 1961: Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human to travel into space, launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
  • 1963: The Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty is signed, prohibiting nuclear weapons tests in the atmosphere, outer space, and underwater.
  • 1965: The Soviet Union launches the Voskhod 2 spacecraft, carrying the first multi-person crew into space.

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