The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

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

Andreev Land

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24237-8_17

Andreev Land – a hypothetical island, a phantom island. Was named after the sergeant of geodesy Stepan Andreev who commanded the expeditions of 1793 and 1764 aimed at exploration of the group of the Medvezhyi Islands. It is presumably laid at the distance of 580 km to the northeast of the Medvezhyi Islands. The Medvezhyi Islands (5 islands in total) are situated opposite the Kolyma River mouth. They were first mentioned by Mikhailo Nasedkin. In 1702 he performed a passage from the Kolyma mouth to the Indigirka mouth. He told that he saw some islands on his way. On the map of the northeast of Siberia brought to St. Petersburg in 1726 by the Yakut Cossack Afanasiy Shestakov, there was painted Kopay Island (one of the Medvezhyi Islands) and around 2 days distance from it to the north – a big land. The head of Okhotsk and Kamchatka districts colonel Fedor Plenisner sent two squadrons to explore the islands to the north of the Kolyma mouth. The first was commanded by Cossack Nikolay...

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