The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

2016 Edition
| Editors: Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Aleksandr V. Semenov

De Long Strait

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De Long Strait – separates the south coast of Wrangel Island and the coast of the Asian continent. The strait links the East Siberian Sea and the Chukchi Sea. The length is 125 km, the width is 100–146 km, and the depth is 36–50 m. There is a stream in the strait of which the velocity is approximately 30 cm/s. The strait was named after the American explorer, captain of the whaling ship “Nile,” who discovered the southern shore of Wrangel Island in 1867. In 1947, the Soviet ship “Mossovet” was crushed by ice in the strait. Most of the year, it is covered with ice.

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