The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

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

Laptev Sea, the Names of

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Laptev Sea, the Names of – before the beginning of the twentieth century, the sea had several names. On the maps of the seventeenth century, it was called Tatar and Lena seas; on the maps of the eighteenth century and, in part, nineteenth centuries, Siberian and Arctic Seas (in association with other seas of the Arctic Ocean); on the maps of the late nineteenth century – the beginning of the twentieth century – the Nordenskiöld Sea. In the early twentieth century, on Russian maps, it had no name. In 1913, the Russian Geographic Society by the initiative of the well-known geographer and oceanographer Prof. Yu. M. Shokalskiy was named the Laptev Sea in memory of the two cousins, members of the Great Northern Expedition, lieutenants Dmitry Yakovlevich Laptev and Khariton Prokofievich Laptev. Finally, the name was approved by the resolution of the Central Executive Committee of the USSR in 1935.

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