October 18, 2021

The Long Strait (Russian: пролив Лонга, Proliv Longa) is a strait separating Wrangel Island from mainland Siberia in the Russian Arctic Ocean. The strait is named after the American whaler Thomas Long, who saw the island in 1867, drew a contour from it, and named it the Land of Wrangel, for he knew Ferdinand von Wrangel's account of the island. It was not yet known if it was an island.


The strait is 45 meters deep and very wide, at its narrowest 140 kilometers at Blossominniemi and Jakaninniemi on the southern tip of Wrangelinsaari. The strait connects the East Siberian Sea and the Chukchi Sea. Sources Sergey Gorshkov (photos) & Andrei Palamarchuk (text): Arctic Pearl, Wrangel Island. Translated by Paula Autio. Lumo Publishing, 2016. ISBN 978-952-68496-2-1.


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