Gydan Peninsula

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Map showing the location of the Gydan Peninsula.
Satellite image of the Gydan Peninsula

The Gydan Peninsula (Russian: Гыда́нский полуостров) is a geographical feature of the Siberian coast in the Kara Sea. It is roughly 500 km long and 260 km wide. This wide peninsula lies between the estuaries of the Ob (Gulf of Ob) and Yenisei Rivers (Yenisei Gulf). The southwestern corner of the peninsula is limited by the Taz Estuary.

The Gydan Peninsula is mostly flat and there are numerous lakes and rivers on it. Its ground consists of permafrost and is covered by tundra.

This peninsula has a few arms or subpeninsulas extending northwards into the Kara Sea, where there are some large islands off its shores, like Oleniy, Shokalsky and Vilkitsky Islands. There are two bays in its northern coast, narrow and deep Khalmyer Bay and smaller Yuratski Bay.

The Gydan Peninsula is located in the Yamal-Nenets autonomous district administrative region of the Russian Federation. It appears also as Gydansky or Gydanskiy Peninsula in many common maps in English.

A notable archeological find from the peninsula is a mammoth skeleton, now housed in a zoological museum in Saint Petersburg.[1]

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Coordinates: 70°N 79°E / 70°N 79°E / 70; 79