Shannon Island

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Shannon
Native name: Shannon
Geography
Location East-Greenland
Coordinates 75°10′N 18°20′W / 75.167°N 18.333°W / 75.167; -18.333Coordinates: 75°10′N 18°20′W / 75.167°N 18.333°W / 75.167; -18.333
Area 1,466 km2 (566 sq mi)
Country
Greenland
Demographics
Population 0

Shannon is a large island in Northeast Greenland National Park in eastern Greenland, to the east of Hochstetter Foreland, with an area of 1,466 km2 (566 sq mi). It was named by Douglas Charles Clavering on his 1823 expedition for the Royal Navy frigate HMS Shannon, a 38 gun frigate on which he served as midshipman under Sir Philip Broke.

Most landmarks were named by the Second German Polar Expedition under Karl Koldewey in 1869-70. Between October 1943 and June 1944, the German meteorological expedition Bassgeiger operated under difficult conditions at Kap Sussi on Shannon. Their ship Coburg was wrecked off Shannon. The station was discovered, but the crew was evacuated by air to Norway.

The island is the site of several hunter's cabins and is reputed to have especially favorable ice conditions. The island is also home to many different type of animals such as polar bears, walruses, ravens, and oxes.