Arthur Island

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Arthur Island
Russian: Остров Артура
Kara sea ZFJ.PNG
Location of the Franz Josef Archipelago.
Location Arctic
Coordinates 81°08′N 50°41′E / 81.133°N 50.683°E / 81.133; 50.683
Archipelago Franz Josef Archipelago
Area 111 km2 (43 sq mi)
Highest elevation 275 m (902 ft)

Arthur Island (Остров Артура; Ostrov Artura) is an island in Franz Josef Land, Russia. It belongs administratively to the Arkhangelsk Oblast of the Russian Federation.

Arthur Island lies in the Arctic Ocean north of Zemlya Georga, relatively far from any other island. Its area is 111 km2 (43 sq mi) and its maximum height 275 m (902 ft).

Arthur Island is practically completely glaciarized. Only a small area (Mys Ledovoy Razvedky) in the northwestern shores of the island and another (Mys Nizkiy) in the southernmost point of the island are free of glacier ice.

This island was named by Frederick George Jackson after his brother Arthur Jackson, in the Jackson-Harmsworth Polar Expedition.[1]

Coordinates: 81°08′N 50°41′E / 81.133°N 50.683°E / 81.133; 50.683

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  1. ^ Frederick G. Jackson, A Thousand Days in the Arctic, 2011, p.208

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