Russian expedition discovered new island

Russian expedition discovered new island

October 19, 2023

Hydrographers put a geographical feature in the area of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago on maps.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Participants in the joint expedition of the Russian Geographical Society (RGS) and the Russian Ministry of Defense to the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago, organized as part of the Remember the War expedition, discovered a new island in the area of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.

According to the Russian Geographical Society, the Romuald Muklevich ship headed for Novaya Zemlya. The expedition members landed at cape Zhelaniya, the northernmost cape of the archipelago.

“Near the Rykachev glacier, in Zayachiy bay, a new island measuring just over a kilometer in diameter was discovered. Hydrographers put a new geographical feature on maps. Surrounded by floating icebergs, the very beautiful island is covered by a small glacier. We noticed a polar bear there feasting on a seal”, said documentary director and traveler Leonid Kruglov.

Somewhat earlier, the researchers landed on the island of Wilczek Land in the same place where the expedition members erected a flagpole with the Russian flag and held a ceremony in honor of the 150th anniversary of the discovery of this remote archipelago hidden in the ice of the Arctic ocean.

After that the hydrographic vessel Romuald Muklevich headed towards the largest island of the Franz Josef Land archipelago – George Land. There, researchers, using a quadcopter, photographed the places where a group of travelers led by Valerian Albanov, who left the schooner St. Anna trapped in ice, supposedly disappeared. Now Romuald Muklevich continues its journey along the western coast of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago.

Earlier in the Kara sea, hydrographers found the exact location of the transport ship Dixon, which was torpedoed by a German submarine in 1943. The Russian Geographical Society is preparing excursions to the Popigai astrobleme epicenter for diamonds.

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Text: Elena Popova, Photo: Denis Kozhevnikov

October 19, 2023

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