Bolshoy Begichev Island

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Bolshoy Begichev
Native name: Большой Бегичев
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Location of Maliy Begichev and Bolshoy Begichev islands in the Khatanga Gulf
Bolshoy Begichev Island is located in Russia
Bolshoy Begichev Island
Bolshoy Begichev Island (Russia)
Location Laptev Sea
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Republic Sakha Republic
Population uninhabited

Bolshoy Begichev (Russian: Большой Бегичев) is an island in the Laptev Sea, Russia. Its area is 1764 km². The island is situated within the Khatanga Gulf (Russian: Хатангский залив), splitting the gulf into two straits.

A NAVTEX Coast Station used to be situated on the island at 74°32’.00 N, 112°02’.00 E.[1] However, according to the current NAVTEX list the station is no longer listed.[2]

Adjacent Islands

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Paska Cape, Bolshoy Begichev Island
  • Only 8.5 km west of it lies the much smaller island known as Maliy Begichev Island. Its size is only 15 km sq. The border between administrative divisions of the Russian Federation runs between the two Begichev islands, so that while Maliy Begichev is in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Bolshoy Begichev is in the Sakha republic.

Both islands are named after Russian polar explorer Nikifor Begichev.


  1. Master Plan of the Shore-Based Facilities for the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (pdf) p81. Archived December 12, 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'strict' not found.[dead link]
  3. William Barr (Arctic historian), The First Soviet Convoy to the Mouth of the Lena.

External links

  • Around the Polar Circle by Motor Vehicle: [1]

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