The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

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

Starokadomsky Island

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Starokadomsky Island – located in the northwestern part of the Laptev Sea 5.5 km west off the Maly Taymyr Island, Taymyr (Dolgano-Nenets) Autonomous Area, Russia. S. I. is separated from Severnaya Zemlya by 26-km-wide strait. The island is small and low; the area is around 110 km2. In the southwestern part, there is a cairn put up by R. Amundsen’s expedition in 1919. It has two parts connected by a narrow neck of land; the south part is hilly (35–40 m high), and the northern part is low. The coasts are strongly rugged, covered with grass, moss, and lichen. S. I. was discovered in 1913 during the Arctic Ocean Hydrographic Expedition on the “Taymyr” and “Vaygach” icebreakers headed by Captain II rank B. A. Vilkitsky, and in 1914 it was named after doctor onboard L. M. Starokadomsky, who was the first to notice the island from board of the ship.

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