Virgin Lands Territory

Virgin Lands Territory, Rus. Tselinny Kray, former administrative division, c.231,000 sq mi (598,300 sq km), Central Asian USSR, in Kazakhstan. Created in 1960 by the merger of Kokchetav (Kökshetau), Kustanay (Qostanay), North Kazakhstan, Pavlodar, and Akmolinsk (Aqmola) regions to administer the grain-producing areas of the Kazakh steppe, it was abolished in 1965.

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