Cape Zhelaniya

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Cape Zhelaniya
Мыс Желания
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Location of Cape Zhelaniya
Map showing the location of Cape Zhelaniya
Map showing the location of Cape Zhelaniya
Location Arkhangelsk Oblast,  Russia
Coordinates 76°57′16.08″N 68°34′54.41″E / 76.9544667°N 68.5817806°E / 76.9544667; 68.5817806Coordinates: 76°57′16.08″N 68°34′54.41″E / 76.9544667°N 68.5817806°E / 76.9544667; 68.5817806
Offshore water bodies Barents Sea / Kara Sea
Area Russian Far North
Cape Zhelaniya

Cape Zhelaniya (Russian: Мыс Желания; Mys Zhelaniya; Желание being Russian for 'wish'). is a headland that lies at the northern end of Severny Island, in Novaya Zemlya, Russia. The whole area is a desolate place, exposed to bitter Arctic winters. This cape belongs administratively to the Arkhangelsk Oblast of the Russian Federation.

History[edit]

Cape Zhelaniya is an important geographical landmark. There was a Soviet Arctic station there in World War II which was shelled by the Kriegsmarine during Operation Wunderland.[1]

It became a secret experimental station during the Cold War while a multitude of nuclear tests, including 88 atmospheric ones, were conducted in Novaya Zemlya. It functioned as a weather station until 1994, and since 2005 there has been an automatic meteorological station located here.[2][3]

This cape is also used as geographic point of reference to mark the separation between the northern ends of the Barents Sea and the Kara Sea.

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