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Laptev Sea


The Laptev Sea, an arm of the Arctic Ocean, is located off the coastline of Siberia in far northern Russia.

It's positioned between the Taymyr Peninsula and Severnaya Zemlya in the west, and the New Siberian Islands in the east. The northern border (shown) is a mapping opinion of Graphic Maps.

It has a widely published overall size of 250,900 sq mi (649,800 sq km) The sea is somewhat shallow and remains frozen throughout the year, except for the months of August and September.

Tiksi and Nordvik are the chief ports. The Lena River is a major tributary.

Once called the Nordenskjöld Sea, it was renamed to honor Khariton and Dmitri Laptev, two Russian brothers, intrepid arctic explorers that were a part of the second Arctic expedition led by Danish mariner Vitus Bering.


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