Litke Deep

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Litke Deep
Litke Deep
Location of Litke Deep in the Arctic Ocean
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Litke Deep (Russian: Жолоб Ли́тке ) is[1][2] an oceanic trench in the Arctic Ocean. It is the deepest[3] known point in the Arctic Ocean.[4] It is the 20th[5] deepest oceanic trench in the world.


The Litke Deep is located in the southwestern part of the Eurasian Basin[5] south of the underwater ridge Gakkel Ridge roughly 350 kilometers[4] northeast of Svalbard and roughly 220 km north of the island of Nordaustlandet. The deepest part is at 5,449 metres[2] (17,881[5][3] feet).[6] under sea level. The average depth in the Arctic Ocean is about 1,000 metres[3] and more than 60 % is less than 200 metres deep.[1]

The Eurasian Basin stretches from northeastern part of Greenland past the Svalbard archipelago, Franz Josef Land and Severnaya Zemlya to the Taymyr Peninsula. Sometimes the Molloy Deep is mentioned as the deepest point in the Arctic Ocean, this deep however lies in the Fram Strait in the Greenland Sea.


The Litke Deep was located in 1955[2] by the russian icebreaker ”Fyodor Litke”[7] expedition. It is named after russian explorer Fyodor Petrovich Litke.[4]

See also[edit]

List of oceanic trenches


  1. ^ a b "The Great Challenge of the Artic" (PDF). Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, p 7. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hydrography of the Arctic Ocean with Special Reference to the Beaufort Sea" (PDF). Kou Kusunoki, Hokkaido University, p 4. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "Introducing the Arctic Ocean" (PDF)., p 2. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c "chapter The Arctic Ocean". Sharon Chester, The Arctic Guide: Wildlife of the Far North, p 19. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "What Is An Oceanic Trench". Retrieved 6 June 2017. 
  6. ^ International Council of Scientific Unions, International Geophysical Committee (1969). Annals of the International Geophysical Year, Volumes 46-48 p.99 Oxford: Pergamon Press
  7. ^ "Voyage of the Fedor Litke". Cambridge University, Polar Record, vol 8, nr 52, p 27. Retrieved 6 June 2017. 

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Coordinates: 82°24′00″N 19°31′00″E / 82.40000°N 19.51667°E / 82.40000; 19.51667