Payer Island

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Location of the Zemlya Zichy subgroup of the Franz Josef Archipelago. Payer island lies roughly in its center.

Payer Island (Russian: oстров Пайера, ostrov Payera) is an island in Franz Josef Land, Russia. Its area is 160 km².

Payer Island is part of the Zichy Land subgroup of the Franz Josef Archipelago.

This island was named after Julius Johannes Ludovicus von Payer an Austro-Hungarian arctic explorer and an Arctic landscape artist, one of the leaders of the Austro-Hungarian North Pole Expedition.

Adjacent islands[edit]

Very close to Payer Island, off its easternmost point, lie some small islands:

  • Stoliczka Island (Остров Столичка), the island farther offshore, is the site of a large walrus rookery. Lat 81° 11′ N, long 58° 16′ E. This island was named after Moravian paleontologist Ferdinand Stoliczka (1838–1874) by the Austro-Hungarian North Pole Expedition.
  • Apollo Island, Ostrov Apollonova lies in the sound between Stoliczka and Payer Island. It is only 500 m across.

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Coordinates: 81°09′N 57°30′E / 81.150°N 57.500°E / 81.150; 57.500