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Lena River Delta and Bunge Land Between Russian Islands

75.3N 139.0E

August 26th, 2010 Category: Rivers, Sediments

Russia - August 4th, 2010

The delta of the Lena River appears as a large brown, fan-shaped area in Russia’s Sakha Republic, in the lower left quadrant. Dark brown sediments empty into the Laptev Sea, part of the Arctic Ocean.

Visible north of the delta are Kotelny Island and Faddeyevsky Island, part of the Anzhu Islands subgroup of the New Siberian Islands. They are situated between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea in the Russian Arctic.

They are usually named as separate islands on average maps, however, they are connected by a flat, low-lying, plain known as Bunge Land. This area is tan in color, as opposed to the dark brown terrain of the rest of the island.

Bunge Land is a huge empty and almost barren intermediate zone. Sandy and flat, its area is 6,200 kmĀ². Since it rises only to a maximum height of 8 m above sea level, Bunge Land is flooded during storm surges, except for a very small area in the southeast that rises to an elevation of 11 to 21 m above sea level. The area that is periodically submerged accounts for over 80% of the total surface and is practically devoid of vegetation.

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