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Katonkaragay region (district)

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Katonkaragay district is an administrative unit located in the east of the East Kazakhstan region. "Kotankaragay" is the name of the place on the border between the Kazakh Altai and the Russian Altai. The Katun River, originating from the Muztau Range at an altitude of 4506 m in the Altai Mountains, flows into the Altai Mountains and flows into the Ob River on the Ob Plain. The total length of the Katun River is 680 km. In the foothills of the Altai Mountains, the Katun (Kadyn) River flows, and dense pine trees grow on its banks. This name means "Pine on the bank of the Katun". Residents of the Altai Mountains explain that kadyn means "royal wife, queen, queen of the river."

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Katongaray district is located in the East Kazakhstan region in the Republic of Kazakhstan on the border with Russia.
GPS coordinates: 49.2113°N 84.5138°E


The Katonkaragay region was formed on August 1, 1928, a year later, on September 20, 1929, the Chingistau region became part of the Katonkaragai region. In 1932, the Katonkaragai region became part of the East Kazakhstan region. In 1935, the Bolshenarimsky and Bukhtarma regions were separated from the Katonkaragai and Zyryansky districts. In 1954, the size of the district expanded due to the addition of the state farm "Zhogarykaton" of the Ust-Koksinsky district of the Altai Territory. On January 1, 1963, the Katonkaragai region was merged with the Bolshenarim region, and the village of Bolshenarim was designated as the regional center.

On December 4, 1970, the center of the Katonkaragay region was transformed into the village of Katonkaragay. On March 23, 1997, the Bolshenarymsky district was abolished, and the administrative center of the Katonkaragaysky district was moved to the village of Bolshenarym. The district is located in the northeastern part of the region. The area borders with the Republic of Altai of the Russian Federation in the north and northeast, the People's Republic of China in the southeast, the Kurchimsky region in the south, the Zyryansky region in the north, and the waters of the Bukhtarma dam in the west.


The Katonkaragay region is located in a mountain-alpine region with a sharply continental climate, hot summers and autumns. The territory of the district is clearly divided into four climatic zones: High-mountain zone (tundra-meadow) mountain-forest, more humid mountain, humid forest-steppe mountain-steppe. The weather of the highlands and the mountain-forest region is very humid, cool and cold, in some places very cold.


The hydrographic network of the region consists of countless lakes, rivers and springs. The Bukhtarma River, which flows along the northern border of the region, is the largest watercourse. The Narym River, which crosses the region from east to west, is the second largest watercourse. Many streams originate from the mountains. Water quality is good, suitable for domestic and agricultural use. The thickness of groundwater does not exceed 60-80 m.

48 settlements are combined into 13 rural districts:
• Akkainar rural district
• Aksu rural district
• Altynbel rural district
• Belkaragai rural district
• Zhambyl rural district
• Katonkaragai rural district
• Korobikhinsky rural district
• Novopolyakovsky rural district
• Novokhayruzovsky rural district
• Soldatovsky rural district
• Solonovsky rural district
• Orlovsky rural district
• Large Naryn rural district

Katonkaragay district, East Kazakhstan region


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