The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

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

Urvantsev, Nikolay Nikolayevich (1893–1985)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24237-8_539

Urvantsev, Nikolay Nikolayevich (1893–1985) – a Russian explorer, geologist, Doctor of Geological and Mineralogical Sciences, honored master of sciences, and an engineer of the Russian Federation (1974). He graduated from the Tomsk Engineering Institute in 1918. While working at the Geological Committee U. explored the mineral resources of the Taymyr. Between 1919 and 1932, he discovered and explored the copper-nickel-Platinum Group Metal deposits at Norilsk and made the first topographic survey of Norilsk lakes. Together with Nikifor Begichev in the spring of 1922, U. followed the course of the Pyasina River to its mouth, made his way to the west along the Kara Sea coast, explored the boundaries of the Byrranga mountain range, and found evidence of the Amundsen’s Arctic expedition crew members who mysteriously disappeared. In 1930–1932 U. acted as a scientific advisor for the Severnaya Zemlya expedition headed by G. Ushakov. Overall, the expedition headed by U. and Ushakov has...

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