Saint Lawrence Bay, Chukotka

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Saint Lawrence Bay
Залив Лаврентия
Saint Lawrence Bay, Chukotka is located in Chukotka Autonomous Okrug
Saint Lawrence Bay, Chukotka
Location of the bay in Chukotka
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Location Far North
Coordinates 65°40′00″N 171°05′00″W / 65.6667°N 171.0833°W / 65.6667; -171.0833Coordinates: 65°40′00″N 171°05′00″W / 65.6667°N 171.0833°W / 65.6667; -171.0833
Ocean/sea sources Bering Sea
Basin countries Russia
Max. length 45 km (28 mi)
Max. width 8 km (5.0 mi)

The Saint Lawrence Bay (Russian: Залив Лаврентия; Zaliv Lavrentiya) is a bay in the Bering Sea on the eastern coast of the Chukotka Peninsula, Russian Federation.

Geography[edit]

This bay is located very close to the Bering Strait, which lies only a few km to the NE.[1]

The bay is open towards the southeast; it is 45 km in length and has an average width of about 8 km. There are two little islands inside the bay where it narrows forming an inlet. On the southern shore of the bay at Cape Hargilah is the village of Port Lawrence.

NASA picture of the Bering Strait area; St. Lawrence Bay can be clearly seen on the lower left side of the image.

History[edit]

British Captain James Cook landed for a few hours in St. Lawrence Bay and met some of the local Chukchi people in August 1778, but he didn't linger in the bay.[2]

This bay was first surveyed by Russian mariner Count Fyodor Petrovich Litke in 1828.

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