Россия открыла новые острова в Арктике
Russia discovered new islands in the Arctic
03.07.2019

In recent years, Russian hydrographers have plotted quite a few islands and capes, the total area of ​​which exceeded the area of ​​Monaco. And now, thanks to pictures from space and data from various expeditions, a group of islands in the area of ​​the Novaya Zemlya archipelago has been discovered.

"There are six or seven islands, the existence of which is to be confirmed during the expedition. The largest of them, presumably, has a length of more than 500 meters," said Aleksey Cornis, head of the department of the hydrographic service of the Northern fleet.

A scientific trip is already preparing. It should confirm that the find is not part of the glacier. Participants will visit Novaya Zemlya, where, hopefully, confirmation of the islands existence will happen. Global warming and the retreat of glaciers, under which previously invisible tracts of land open up, is the reason of these discoveries. After a comprehensive study lands will be mapped.

Arctic achievements allowed hydrographs to win one of the main geographic awards in Russia - the national award "Crystal Compass".