Russian Arctic Team Maps Five Islands Found by a Student - 31/08/2019

A Russian Arctic expedition has mapped five small islands in the Far North, discovered by a student analysing a glacier's retreat in satellite photos, the BBC reports. Before Marina Migunova's discovery in 2016, the islands were hidden under the Nansen Glacier, also known as Vylka, in the Novaya Zemlya archipelago. The islands Marina found are in Vize Bay, on the northeastern coast of Novaya Zemlya and range in size from 900 to 54,500sq m.  Marina received a special honorary diploma from the Russian Hydrographical Society for her discovery. She is now a naval oceanographical engineer in the Russian Northern Fleet.

About the Admiral Makarov State University

Marina's discovery was part of her final coursework at the Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy in St Petersburg. The University of Maritime and Inland Shipping in St Petersburg is considered to be the oldest and largest centre for the education and training of shipping industry personnel in the Russian Federation, providing education and training for maritime as well as inland water operators. The university, also known as the GUMRF, was founded in the early 1800s.

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Last updated: 10/09/2019