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Payer Island is part of the Zichy Land subgroup of the Franz Josef Archipelago.
Very close to Payer Island, off its easternmost point, lie some small islands:
- Stoliczka Island (Остров Столичка), the island farther offshore, is the site of a large walrus rookery. Lat 81° 11′ N, long 58° 16′ E. This island was named after Moravian paleontologist Ferdinand Stoliczka (1838–1874) by the Austro-Hungarian North Pole Expedition.
- Apollo Island, Ostrov Apollonova lies in the sound between Stoliczka and Payer Island. It is only 500 m across.
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