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Balkash (bäl-käshˈ) [key], city (1989 pop. 86,609), in Kazakhstan, on the north shore of Lake Balkash. A railroad terminus and port, it has fish processing and copper-smelting industries. Balkash was founded as Bertys in 1929 and was renamed in 1936.

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