The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

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

Bolshoy Begichev

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Bolshoy Begichev – an island among the Begichev Islands situated in the entrance to the Khatanga Gulf in the southwestern part of the Laptev Sea. It is part of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). The area of the island is about 1,800 km2 with the total length of the shoreline amounting to 180 km. The length is 61 km and the width 57 km.

To the west there lies Maly Begichev Island (7 km wide) separated from B.B. by Pioneer Strait. 14 km to the north, there is Preobrazheniya Island. The distance from the southernmost point of B.B. Island to the mainland (the Nordvik Peninsula) is 9 km. The central part of the island belongs to a vast upland named Kiryaka with the highest point of 198 m. Almost radially from it, there lie several rivers, cutting through the Krutaya Gryada Range in the north (120 m high) and the short Meridiannaya Gryada Range (80 m high) in the east. The shores of the island are formed by loose marine and delluvial and soliflual depositions and are subject to abrasion, and on...

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