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Severnaya Zemlya: The Last Major Discovery

William Barr
The Geographical Journal
Vol. 141, No. 1 (Mar., 1975), pp. 59-71
Published by: geographicalj
DOI: 10.2307/1796946
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1796946
Page Count: 13
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Abstract

Severnaya Zemlya, the arctic archipelago lying to the north of Poluostrov Taymyr, mid-way along the arctic coast of the USSR, was not discovered until well into the twentieth century. This article describes its discovery by the Imperial Russian icebreakers Taymyr and Vaygach in 1913, and its exploration by a four-man Soviet expedition, led by Georgiy Alekseyevich Ushakov, in 1930-32. Severnaya Zemlya can, with justification, be considered the last major territorial discovery on the Earth's surface.

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