The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

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

Alazeya

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24237-8_6
Alazeya – a river in the northeastern part of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), Russia. Its two arms flow into the East Siberian Sea creating a bar. The length is 973 km and the basin area is 70,000 km2. Its several sources originate in southern Alazeya Plateau. At the mouth the river falls into several arms. Its lower part flows through the tundra. The bed is meandering. The Alazeya is fed by rain and snow. Average water flow rate in the mouth comprises 320 m3/s. The river breaks up at the end of May to the beginning of June and freezes at the end of September to the beginning of October. The biggest tributary is the Rossokha river (left). The drainage area includes more than 24,000 small lakes. The Alazeya was the place where Russian pioneering explorers first met the Chukchi people in 1642.

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