Complex Expedition Of The Northern Fleet With The Participation Of The RGS On Franz Josef Land

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Among themselves, this expedition is called simply - “In the footsteps of “The Two Captains”, meaning the novel of the same name by Veniamin Kaverin. Although the expeditionary team has broader tasks. The complex expedition of the Northern Fleet was joined by the  Russian Geographical Society Center in the Northern Fleet, and the scientific and media group of the RGS. Its goal was to study Franz Joseph Land, and it followed the paths of the discoverers and researchers of the archipelago - Julius von Payer , Frederick Jackson, Evelyn Baldwin, Georgy  Brusilov and others. the expedition conducted scientific and environmental research, studied objects of the military infrastructure of the Soviet period and traces of the expeditions of past centuries. The expedition members searched for evidence of Georgy Sedov’s trip to the pole on the islands of Jackson and Karl-Alexander in March 1914, and the place of his burial.

The search was planned (but did not take place because of the stormy weather) for the remains of the three-masted motor- sail schooner “Admiral Tegetthoff ” belonging to Julius von Payer, that sank in 1874; for the ship "America" ​​of the Anthony Fiala `s expedition, which sank in 1903; and for the schooner "St. Anna", which disappeared in 1914, during the expedition of Georgy Brusilov.

Specialists also studied the objects of military infrastructure of the Soviet era, searched for and found Russian and German camps of the Great Patriotic War time.

 

The real faces of "The Two Captains" by Kaverin: three expeditions of 1912, missing in the Arctic. Special project.

The novel "The Two Captains" became iconic in the days of the USSR, it withstood more than a hundred reprints. The motto of the main character was "Fight and seek, find and do not give up", and it is known to everyone. But how many people know about the fate of the Arctic expeditions that served as the basis for the book?

A square in Polyarny is named after “The Two Captains”, and there is a monument in their name installed in Pskov. In 2010, among the Novgorod swamps, there was found a pilot shot down in 1942 - the book “Two Captains” lay in the pocket of his overalls. And how many famous scientists have chosen a profession under the influence of the novel, it is unlikely to be counted. Read more ...

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The book cover of the first separate edition of The Two Captains. M .; L .: “Detizdat of the Central Committee of the Komsomol”, 1940. Photo: wikipedia.org
The book cover of the first separate edition of The Two Captains. M .; L .: “Detizdat of the Central Committee of the Komsomol”, 1940. Photo: wikipedia.org

The Northern Fleet and the RGS summed up the results of the complex expedition

Representatives of the Northern Fleet and the Russian Geographical Society summed up the results of the Complex Expedition to the Franz Josef Land Archipelago. It lasted from August 1st to September 27th. It was announced by the President of the RGS Sergey Shoigu in the spring of 2019. Read more...

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Photo: Alexander Scherbak. TASS News Agency
Photo: Alexander Scherbak. TASS News Agency

Five new islands officially opened in the Arctic

The hydrographic group of the Complex Expedition of the Northern Fleet to the Franz Josef Land archipelago confirmed the discovery of five islands. They are located in the Wiese Bay on the Kara coast of the Severny Island of the Novaya Zemlya Archipelago, in the area of ​​the Vylki (Nansen) glacier. The size of ​​objects varies from 900 to 54,500 square meters. Read more ...

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Photo: Vladimir Onopko
Photo: Vladimir Onopko

Unique artifacts connected to missing expeditions found in the Arctic. Interview

The Arctic has always attracted researchers. There, people were looking for a way to rich Siberia, dreamed of the glory of pioneers, and hoped to discover the mythical Sannikov Land. The unprecedented Complex Expedition of the Northern Fleet has been taking place for 15 days with the participation of the Russian Geographical Society Center in the Northern Fleet, the scientific and media groups of the RGS. The expedition has reached the Franz Josef Land. The head of the media group, Leonid Kruglov, got in touch and told us about the progress of the project.

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Photo: Leonid Kruglov
Photo: Leonid Kruglov

Scientists conducted hydrological measurements at the deepest point of the Barents Sea

Biologists of the scientific group of the Russian Geographical Society carried out hydrological measurements at the deepest point of the Barents Sea. Instruments were lowered to a depth of 628 m in the Proliv Kembridzh , that separates the islands of Alexandra Land and Zemlya Georga. The aim of the study was ...

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Photo: Leonid Kruglov
Photo: Leonid Kruglov

A new geographical discovery: the Littrov Peninsula turned out to be an island

On September 10, 2019, the hydrographic group of the Complex Expedition of the Northern Fleet to the Franz Josef Land archipelago recorded and put on the sea maps the “transformation” of the Littrov Peninsula into an island. The North Sea sailors passed the newly formed strait from the Surovaya Bay to the Bay of Hydrographers, measured the depths, and also measured the direction and speed of the current in it. Thus, another geographical discovery was recorded in the expedition's assets ...

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Photo: Leonid Kruglov
Photo: Leonid Kruglov

Not a day without discovery: A complex expedition of the Northern Fleet continues to explore Franz Joseph Land. Interview

For almost a month on the islands of the Franz Josef Land archipelago, the Complex Expedition of the Northern Fleet has been held with the participation of the Russian Geographical Society Center in the Northern Fleet, the scientific and media group of the Russian Geographical Society. Despite hungry polar bears, six-point storms and a squally wind, scientists and North Sea explorers continue their research. Through interference on the radio, the head of the media group Leonid Kruglov told us the latest news.

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Photo: Leonid Kruglov
Photo: Leonid Kruglov

Officers of fortune: how an expedition to Franz Josef Land follows the trail of lost expeditions. Interview

Winter has come to the Arctic. The complex expedition of the Northern Fleet with the participation of the Russian Geographical Society Center in the Northern Fleet, the scientific and media groups of the Russian Geographical Society for the study of Franz Josef Land is nearing its logical conclusion. Scientists examined the alleged burial place of polar explorer Georgy Sedov, found terrible evidence of bear cannibalism, and examined the camp of the Ziegler’s American expedition. What did they manage to find? Is it possible to drink coffee made from century-old beans? And why is the "law of the Arctic" incomparably tougher than the "law of the jungle"? All this was answered by the head of the RGS media group from the Franz Josef Land, Leonid Kruglov.

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Georgy Sedov. Source: wikipedia.org
Georgy Sedov. Source: wikipedia.org