Vilkitsky Island (Kara Sea)

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For other islands and geographic features called "Vilkitsky" see Vilkitsky (disambiguation).
Vilkitsky Island
Native name: о́стров Вильки́цкого
Map of Vilkitsky and Neupokoyeva Islands
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Location of Vilkitsky and Neupokoyeva Islands in the Kara Sea
Location Kara Sea
Coordinates 73°28′N 75°45′E / 73.467°N 75.750°E / 73.467; 75.750Coordinates: 73°28′N 75°45′E / 73.467°N 75.750°E / 73.467; 75.750
Area 153.9 km2 (59.4 sq mi)
Length 42 km (26.1 mi)
Width 12 km (7.5 mi)
Highest elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Oblast Tyumen Oblast
Okrug Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug
Population uninhabited

Vilkitsky Island, (Russian: Остров Вильки́цкого; Ostrov Vil'kitskogo) is an island in the Kara Sea. It is located 40 km northeast of Shokalskogo Island, off the tip of the Gydan Peninsula in North Siberia. T

This island is not to be confused with other islands called "Vilkitsky", such as the small Vilkitsky group (now mentioned as Dzhekman Islands in most maps) which is part of the Nordenskjold Archipelago, the Vilkitsky Islands located in the Laptev sea off the eastern shores of the Taymyr Peninsula, and also Vilkitsky Island in the De Long Group in the Eastern Siberian Sea.


Vilkitsky Island is bleak and windswept and is covered with tundra. The island is crescent-shaped and it is divided in two by a narrow sound in its midst. It is 42 km in length but only 12 km wide at its broadest zone.

The sea surrounding this island is covered with pack ice in the winter and there are numerous ice floes even in the summer. There is a large shallow area between Vilkitsky Island and its southern neighbor, Neupokoyeva Island (Остров Неупокоева).[1]

Vilkitsky Island belongs to the Tyumen Oblast administrative division of the Russian Federation. It is also part of the Great Arctic State Nature Reserve, the largest nature reserve of Russia.[2]

This island is named after Russian hydrographer Boris Vilkitsky's father Andrey Vilkitsky,[3] while the Vilkitsky Islands in the Laptev sea are named after Russian hydrographer Boris Vilkitsky himself.

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