/tomsk/; Russ. /tawmsk/, n.
a city in the central Russian Federation in Asia, E of the Ob River. 502,000.

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      city and administrative centre of Tomsk oblast, central Russia, on the Tom River above its confluence with the Ob. Founded as a fort in 1604 to protect the river crossing, the city developed as a regional administrative centre. Once a focus for a wide area of Siberia, Tomsk has now largely been displaced by Novosibirsk, where the Trans-Siberian Railroad crosses the Ob; Tomsk lies on a branch line. The city is a major engineering centre, producing bearings and electrical equipment as well as matches, furniture, pencils, paints and dyes, and footwear. Tomsk is the site of the first Siberian university (founded 1888), a technological institute (1900), and institutes of teacher training, medicine, transport, and constructional engineering. Pop. (1991 est.) 506,600.

      oblast (province), central Russia, having an area of 122,350 square miles (316,900 square km) in the basin of the middle Ob River, which bisects it. The terrain is flat and monotonous, rising only slightly in the neighbourhood of the administrative centre, Tomsk. Almost the entire area is taiga, or coniferous forest, dominated by pine, fir, larch, and birch. Extensive swamps occupy the level watersheds. The severely continental climate and the swamps greatly hinder agriculture, which takes up only about 7 percent of the total area and is largely concentrated in the southeast. Rye, oats, and potatoes are the chief crops; some wheat and corn (maize) are also grown, while flax has increased in importance. Over most of the oblast timber working is the chief occupation and is well developed. Fur trapping and fishing are important in the forested north. Almost three-quarters of the urban dwellers live in the city of Tomsk, in which all significant industry is concentrated; other towns are small. Exploitation of oil and natural gas was under way in the early 1980s. Pop. (1991 est.) 1,011,700.

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