Makar Island

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Location of Makar Island in the Laptev Sea.
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Makar Island and nearby coastal islands.

Makar Island (Остров Макар) is an island in the Laptev Sea. It is located in the bay of the Yana river, about 30 km from the nearest coast to the south, and 21 km north of the Shelonsky Islands.

Makar Island is flat and marshy. It has some small lakes and a landspit pointing towards the east.[1] Its length is 11 km and its maximum breadth 6 km. This island, like Muostakh Island further west in the Buor-Khaya Gulf, is subject to heavy erosion.[2]

The Yana Bay is subject to severe Arctic weather with frequent gales and blizzards. The sea in the bay is frozen with thick ice for about eight months every year.

In 1985 bison bones from the Pleistocene were collected by Yu. A. Yarlykov on Makar Island.[3]

Administratively Makar Island belongs to the Sakha Republic (Yakutia) of the Russian Federation. There is a Russian Polar Station at Makar Island.


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