Champ Island

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Champ Island
Russian: Остров Чамп
Kara sea ZFJCH.PNG
Location of Champ Island in the Franz Josef Archipelago
Location Arctic
Coordinates 80°40′26″N 56°14′13″E / 80.6739°N 56.2369°E / 80.6739; 56.2369Coordinates: 80°40′26″N 56°14′13″E / 80.6739°N 56.2369°E / 80.6739; 56.2369
Archipelago Zichy Land
Franz Josef Archipelago
Area 374 km2 (144 sq mi)
Highest elevation 507 m (1,663 ft)
Population 0
Stone sphere

Champ Island (Russian: Остров Чамп; Ostrov Champ) is an island in the central area of Franz Josef Land, Russia.

Champ Island has a surface of 374 km2 (144 sq mi) and there is a wide unglacierized zone in the southwest of the island. The highest point of the island is 507 m (1,663 ft).

Champ Island is the southernmost island of the Zichy Land subgroup of the Franz Joseph Archipelago. It is separated by narrow sounds from Luigi Island in the north and Salisbury Island in the northeast.

The broad channel in the west of Champ Island is known as Markham Channel (Пролив маркама; Proliv Markama), after British polar explorer Admiral Sir Albert Hastings Markham.

This island was named after William S. Champ, who was the representative of the late William Ziegler and leader of the relief operation searching for Anthony Fiala of the Fiala-Ziegler Polar Expedition.

A piece of a century-year-old ski was found in Champ Island, at Cape Trieste (Mys Triest) in August 2006.[1]

The island is known by stone spheres with dimensions from millimetres to several meters.

Various islands of Franz Josef Land

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