The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

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

Preobrazheniya Island

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Preobrazheniya Island – located approx. 27 km east of Cape Sibirskiy. Sometimes it is called Cape Vstrechnyi (Oncoming) since it is oncoming for ships sailing to the Gulf of Khatanga in the Laptev Sea. The island has a horseshoe shape. Its convex side faces east. The island is 8 km long and no more than 1.8 km wide. The whole eastern and northeastern sides of the island are approx. 90 m high, with quite steep rocky cliffs. To the west, the island lowers gently. Pebble spits run to the west from the north and south ends of the island. On the west side of the island, there is the deep Neupokoeva Bay. In 1913, on the northern end of the island, a cast-iron cross was found and erected. In 1934, he was already standing near the cliff of the island, indicating rapid destruction of the sheer northeastern coast. In the same year, the cross was moved to several tens of meters inland. There are walruses and bird rookeries on the island. There are no rivers on the island. On the south spit,...

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