Kolosovykh Island

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Location of the Minina Skerries. The Kolosovykh Island is in the northern part of the skerries.

The Kolosovykh Island (Russian: остров Колосовых; Ostrov Kolosovykh) is an island, in the Kara Sea off the coast of Siberia.

This coastal archipelago, is located north of the small Kolosovykh peninsula, which is almost an island itself. This island group is located between 74° 45' and 75° N and between 85° and 87° 30'E. Geologically the Kolosovykh Island are part of the Minina Skerries a complex structure that includes the Plavnikovyye Islands further south.

The sea surrounding the Kolosovykh Island is covered with fast ice in the winter and the climate is severe, with bitter and long winters. The surrounding sea is obstructed by pack ice even in the summer.

This island belongs to the Krasnoyarsk Krai administrative division of Russia and is part of the Great Arctic State Nature Reserve, the largest nature reserve of the Russian Federation.


In 1937 the Arctic Institute of the USSR organized an expedition to investigate the Northern Sea Route in the Kara Sea. Relics of the ill-fated 1912-13 Vladimir Rusanov’s expedition on the Gercules were found on Popova-Chukchina Island located west of Kolosovykh Island at (74° 56'N and 86° 18'E).


  • Nature Reserve: [1]
  • Albert Hastings Markham. Arctic Exploration, 1895
  • Armstrong, T., The Russians in the Arctic, London, 1958.
  • Early Soviet Exploration: [2]
  • History of Russian Arctic Exploration: [3]

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Coordinates: 74°50′N 86°15′E / 74.833°N 86.250°E / 74.833; 86.250