Scientists accidentally discovered Earth’s northernmost island
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Scientists accidentally discovered Earth’s northernmost island

August 31, 2021

Initially, the territory was taken for the island of Oodaak, opened in 1978.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Scientists at Copenhagen University accidentally found the northernmost island of the planet. The expedition originally had a goal – to collect soil samples.

Researchers say that at first they took the land for the island of Oodaak, discovered in 1978 and considered the northernmost point of the Earth. However, after determining the geolocation, it turned out that the specialists were on another piece of land.

Scientists have found that the island is approximately 30 meters across, and its maximum height reaches three meters above sea level. It was proposed to name it Kekertak Avannarlek, which in Greenlandic means ‘the northernmost island’.

Earlier, we told about the fact that a new island in the Arctic was discovered by Russian schoolchildren. The young geographers made the discovery when they processed images from satellites. According to satellite monitoring data, the island emerged on July 9 as a result of the collapse of an ice bridge connecting the Northern Island of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago with the retreating Vilkitsky South Glacier.

We also reported that the hydrographic group of the Northern Fleet described in detail five new islands in Vize Bay to the west of Severny island in the Vylkitsky glacier area. Discoveries in the Arctic are possible in the 21st century as well, which was proved by the participants of the Norilsk Expeditionary Club with their campaigns.

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Text: Angelica Stepanova, Photo: Center for Marine Research, Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov / marine-rc.ru

August 31, 2021

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