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Harvesting of apples in Almaty (Kazakistan), early 70s

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Harvesting of apples of the variety “aport” near Almaty, former capital of Kazakhstan, in the early 70s. The name “Almaty” derives probably from the Kazakh word alma (алма) that means “apple” and thus is often translated as “place of apples”: we can find alma or likes also in other Ural-Altaic languages, as Ungarian and Mongolian (in Turkish: elma.) Native of this area is the species Malus …

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Kazakistan, fountain in Alma-Atà (Almaty), 1975

In by Silvio DellʼAcqua

Alma-Atà (now called Almaty, Алматы), former capital of the Kazakhstan, in 1975. Back then the country was part of the Soviet Union and the population of the city was 837 000 (source: Novosti). Fountains are a distinctive trait of the city: more than hundred have been built since 1948 in order to watering green spaces and creating a more tolerable climate during the hot and dry season. There is also a …