Photos [downloadable for reports]
Maps & Flag [downloadable for reports]
The Land
  • The Aral Sea Tragedy (BBC News)
    Read about the Aral Sea’s rapid depletion and its effects on Kazakhstan.
  • Commanding Heights: Russia Environmental (PBS)
    Through this timeline, learn more about Kazakhstan’s environmental history as part of the USSR. Link to timelines in other categories of Soviet history such as economic history and political history.
  • Earth Shots: Satellite Images of Environmental Change: Aral Sea (USGS)
    See satellite images of the Aral Sea in 1964, 1973, 1987, 1997, and 1999.
  • Effects of 40 Years Irrigation on the Aral Sea (The University of Georgia Department of Geology)
    See satellite pictures of the Aral Sea during the last fifty years to see its change in size.
  • Kazakh ‘National Treasure’ under Threat (bbc.com)
    The Aral Sea isn’t the only sea in Kazakhstan that is in danger. Environmentalists are also worried about Lake Balkhash.
  • Kazakhstan (CIA World Factbook)
    Find up-to-date population figures and other statistics.
  • Soil Erosion
    Discover more about why soil erosion happens, what its consequences are, and what can be done to prevent the type of soil erosion that destroyed the Kazakhstani steppes during the Virgin Lands Campaign.
  • Weather (CNN.com)
    Get the current weather conditions for Almaty and other cities in Kazakhstan.
History and Government
  • The Cold War Museum
    Learn about the Cold War between the Soviet Union, including what is now Kazakhstan, and the United States.
  • The Embassy of Kazakhstan to the United States and Canada
    Learn more about Kazakhstan and its relationship with the United States and Canada.
  • Virgin Lands Campaign (Seventeen Moments in Soviet History)
    Read about the Virgin Lands Campaign that took place in what is now Kazakhstan when it was part of the Soviet Union as well as other key moments in Soviet History.
The People
Cultural Life
  • Central Asian Music: The Lute (bbc.co.uk)
    Read an overview of the lute, specifically the Kazakhstani version, the dombra.
  • Kazakhstan (databaseOlympics.com)
    Find out how many and in what events Kazakhstan has won Olympic medals.
  • Masters of the Kazakh Dombra (National Geographic)
    Listen to the sounds of the dombra.
  • Medeo (The Almaty Expat Site)
    Read about the unique conditions that make the Medeo ice rink one of the best in the world.
The Economy
  • Fact Sheet: Kazakhstan (Economist.com)
    Find economic data for Kazakhstan.
  • The Full Universal Currency Converter (xe.com)
    Compare the currency of Kazakhstan with the currency of other nations around the world.
  • Internet Newspaper (Gazeta.kz)
    Read up-to-date articles about what is happening in Kazakhstan.
  • Kazakhstan (The Federation of International Trade Associations)
    Learn more about the economics of Kazakhstan, find import and export figures, and look at information for other central Asian countries for comparison.
  • Kazakhstan Satellite Enters Orbit (USA Today)
    Read about Kazakhstan’s first independent step into space, a satellite launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome.
For More Information
  • Background note: Kazakhstan (U.S. Department of State)
    Read a general overview of the government, people, and economy of Kazakhstan.
  • Country Profile: Kazakhstan (BBC News)
    Find up-to-date headlines, colorful maps, a timeline, an overview, and watch video news clips.
  • Kazakhstan (CountryReports.org)
    Find general country information about Kazakhstan’s geography, government, and economy.
  • Kazakhstan (Lonely Planet)
    Discover travel tips and country info.
  • Kazakhstan (national-anthems.net)
    Listen to Kazakhstan’s national anthem.
  • Kazakhstan: An Overview (Angelfire.com)
    Read a photo-illustrated overview of Kazakhstan and other central Asian countries written by a professor of central Asian studies at the University of Minnesota.
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