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The Circular Kolguyev Island, Russia

April 6th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Russia - April 5th, 2009

Russia - April 5th, 2009

Russia’s round Kolguyev Island stands out amids the clouds and melting ice in the south-eastern Barents Sea, to the north-east of the Kanin Peninsula (left) and south of the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago (top center).

The approximately circular-shaped island has a diameter of 80 km and is 4968 km2 in area. The highest point on the island is at 50 m.

The vast wetland consists of many bogs and morainic hills, covered by vegetation characteristic of the tundra. There is only one inhabited settlement on the island, Bugrino, located on the southeast coast.

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