The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

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

Terezy Klavenes Bay

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Terezy Klavenes Bay – wedges into the Taymyr Peninsula in the southwest direction for approximately 46 km. It is funnel-shaped. The width is up to 16 km. In the outer part of the bay, small islands from the Vilkitsky and the Komsomolskaya Pravda groups of islands are located. The southeast coast of T.K.B. is formed by the northwest shore of the peninsula with narrow Cape Lassiniusa jutting out into the sea for almost 7 km. The shores are mostly flat, boggy, and covered with tundra vegetation. Several small rivers flow into the bay, the largest from them being the Goltsovaya River. The bay is covered with ice for the most part of the year.

The coast of the bay is part of the “Chelyuskin Peninsula” of the Big Arctic Reserve.

The T.K.B. was first seen from a distance by V.V. Prontchishchev in August 1736, who mistook it for the mouth of the Taymyr River. The Kh. Laptev expedition which took place in the 1730s knew about the bay.

The bay was first mapped in 1742 by a participant of the Great Northern Expedition of 1733–1743, navigator S.I. Chelyuskin, but was not named by him. The bay was named and described in 1919 by the head of the Norwegian polar expedition R. Amundsen. Amundsen named the bay after his acquaintance, a wife of a major ship owner from Norway Teresa Gron Klavenes, who headed the Committee on Keeping of Nansen’s famous polar ship “Fram.”

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