Russia’s territory has grown by 10 square kilometers — the area of five Monaco principalities — following discovery of nine islands in the Arctic.
A Russian scientific expedition has made some 20 geographical discoveries near the Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya archipelagos in Russia’s Arctic. Several big and small islands were found, as well as new peninsulas and straits, TASS reports.
"The largest island is two kilometers long and 600 meters wide," said the head of the Northern Fleet’s hydrography service Igor Naumov in comments on findings from the Northern Fleet’s latest expedition.
The 41-day mission under way since August 18 also discovered five straits, seven capes and four bays, he said.
The expedition’s 5,000-kilometer route crossed the Barents and Kara seas and reached Rudolf Island, Russia’s most northerly point, Naumov said.