Zemlya Georga

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Zemlya Georga
Russian: Земля Георга
Kara sea ZFJPG.PNG
Location of Zemlya Georga in the Franz Josef Archipelago
Zemlya Georga is located in Russia
Zemlya Georga
Zemlya Georga
Zemlya Georga (Russia)
LocationArctic Ocean
Coordinates80°26′43″N 49°00′45″E / 80.44528°N 49.01250°E / 80.44528; 49.01250
ArchipelagoFranz Josef Land
Area2,821 km2 (1,089 sq mi)
Length115 km (71.5 mi)
Highest elevation416 m (1,365 ft)
Highest pointBrusilov Ice Dome

Zemlya Georga, or Prince George Land (Russian: Земля Георга; Zemlya Georga, "George Land"), is an island in Franz Josef Land, Arkhangelsk Oblast, Russian Arctic.

Zemlya Georga was named by Benjamin Leigh Smith after Prince George.[1]


With a total surface of 2,821 square kilometres (1,089 sq mi), Zemlya Georga is the largest island of the Franz Josef Archipelago. It is also the longest, with a distance of 115 kilometres (71 mi) between its northernmost and its southernmost ends. The highest point of the island is the summit of Brusilov Ice Dome, the northeastern ice dome, at 416 metres (1,365 ft).[2]

The island has a complex coastline, with many bays, deep inlets and capes. Zemlya Georga has three capes pointing southwestwards on its southern coast: Cape Neale (the westernmost end of the island), Cape Crowther and Cape Grant. Its easternmost cape is known as Mys Murray. The two capes pointing north, Mys Bryusa and Mys Battenberg, are separated from each other by Sommerville Bay. The westernmost cape of this peninsula is Mys Mul'tanovskogo, beyond which lies the sound known as Proliv Arkhangelskiy between Zemlya Georga and Alexandra Land. The sound known as Cambridge Channel (Proliv Kambritch) is located further to the southwest. There are no permanent inhabitants on the island however there is a seasonal research station which can shelter up to 10 persons.

The Nightingale Channel (Proliv Neytingeyl) runs east of Zemlya Georga, separating it from Bruce Island.


Most of the land lies under large glaciers and ice domes, such as the Brusilov Ice Dome, Gretton Ice Dome, Dzegudze Ice Dome (Купол Дзегудзе), Zander Ice Dome,[3] Foggy Ice Dome (Купол туманный), Arctic Geology Research Institute Ice Dome (Купол Научно-исследовательский институт геологии Арктики) and the Peary Ice Dome, although there is a large, mostly unglacierized peninsula at its northern end, Poluostrov Armitidzh.[4]

Adjacent Islands[edit]

  • David Island (Ostrovok Davida), lat 80.15 N long 47.33 E, is a small islet located off Zemlya Georga's southwestern point.
  • Arthur Island lies north of Zemlya Georga's northernmost end, separated from it by the sound known as Proliv Li-Smita.
The Geographers Bay, Zemlya Georga, Franz Josef Land
The Geographers Bay, Zemlya Georga, Franz Josef Land
Western Franz Josef Land map section.

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External links[edit]

  • "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 23, 2010. Retrieved March 14, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  • Global Land Ice Measurements from Space Glacier Database
  • Polar Soviet aviation: Chronology