Vilkitsky Strait

Vilkitsky Strait (Russian: Пролив Вилькицкого) is a strait between the Taimyr Peninsula and Bolshevik Island in the Severnaya Zemlya archipelago. The strait connects the Kara and Laptev Seas. The length of the Vilkitsky Strait is 128 km, the width approx. 55 km and the depth between 32 m and 210 m. It is covered with drifting ice all year round. The strait was discovered in 1913 by a Russian hydrographic expedition led by Boris Vilkitsky and then named after him in 1918.

Vilkitsky Strait
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Vilkitsky Strait, Russia
Vilkitsky Strait is located in Krasnoyarsk Krai
Vilkitsky Strait
Vilkitsky Strait
Location in Krasnoyarsk Krai
LocationArctic
Coordinates77°57′N 103°35′E / 77.950°N 103.583°E / 77.950; 103.583Coordinates: 77°57′N 103°35′E / 77.950°N 103.583°E / 77.950; 103.583
Native nameПролив Вилькицкого
Ocean/sea sourcesKara Sea / Laptev Sea
Basin countriesRussia
Max. length104 km (65 mi)
Max. width55 km (34 mi)

The Geiberg Islands cover the entrance to the Vilkitsky Strait from the east, and the Firnley Islands do so from the west. The shores on the side of the Taymyr Peninsula are covered with tundra vegetation and scattered stones. The northern coast is higher, and it becomes lower going south. The rivers that flow into the Vilkitsky Strait from the continental side are not significant. They are shallow and not suitable for navigation.

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[1], see pg. 30