The hydrographs of the Northern Fleet, who are members of an expedition to the Franz Josef Land archipelago, have confirmed the discovery of five new islands in the Kara sea.
The area of newly discovered land varies from 900 to 54.5 thousand square meters. A topographic study of the new islands was carried out, they are described in detail and photographed, reports the Northern Fleet press representative.
The discovered islands are located in Vise Bay in the area of the western coast of the Northern Novaya Zemlya island near the Vylki glacier.
These islands were first discovered in 2016. It is assumed that they were previously covered up by a glacier.
In 2015-2018, the Northern Fleet hydrographs helped to discover more than 30 new islands, capes and bays in the area of the Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya archipelagos.
The expedition of the Northern Fleet to Franz Josef Land started on August 15th from Severomorsk and should last until the end of September. In addition to the planned studies, participants of the expedition want to partially repeat the routes of the pioneers Julius Payer (expedition of 1874), Frederick Jackson (expedition of 1897), as well as the rescue expedition of navigator Valerian Albanov.