The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

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

Arctic Cape (Formerly Known as Cape Molotov)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24237-8_27

Arctic Cape (formerly known as Cape Molotov) – situated in the north of the Komsomolets Island (the Severnaya Zemlya Archipelago) and washed by the Kara Sea and the Laptev Sea. This is the northernmost point and the western point of the Laptev Sea border and the northeastern point of the Kara Sea border. This is a starting point for many Arctic expeditions as the distance from the Cape to the North Pole is only about a 1,000 km. It was discovered during the expedition under the command of Vilkitsky in 1913 and was named Zhokhov Cape after an officer of the watch. In 1931 it was mapped by the participants of the Northland expedition under the command of G. A. Ushakov and renamed in honor of a Soviet statesman V. M. Molotov. In 1959 it was once again renamed to commemorate Soviet Arctic explorers.

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