Unknown fjord discovered on Russian island in Arctic

Unknown fjord discovered on Russian island in Arctic

October 12, 2023

Participants of the expedition to the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago are making adjustments to the navigation maps.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Participants in a joint expedition of the Russian Geographical Society  and the Russian Ministry of Defense to the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago found an unknown fjord on Ushakov island in the Arctic.

The study was carried out on the hydrographic vessel Romuald Muklevich, which approached Ushakov island. Experts discovered that the island’s glacier shrunk by half a kilometer, and a sea was splashing on its territory with a depth of 15–17 meters, reports the Russian Geographical Society’s press service.

“When exploring the island, we discovered a fjord not marked on the maps, extending a kilometer into the very heart of the ice dome. We were able to go into it, conduct research and measurements. The fjord is very beautiful, there are a lot of walruses in it”, said expedition member, documentary filmmaker and traveler Leonid Kruglov.

He clarified that the fjord will be assigned the status of a new geographical object if it does not collapse for a long time.

Earlier in the Kara sea, hydrographers recorded the exact location of the transport ship Dixon, which was torpedoed by a German submarine in 1943. The first year-long Arctic expedition in 40 years started from Murmansk.

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Text: Elena Popova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko

October 12, 2023

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