Bering Island


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Bering Island

(bēr`ĭng, bâr`–), Rus. Beringa, largest of the Komandorski IslandsKomandorski Islands
or Commander Islands,
Rus. Komandorskiye Ostrova, group of treeless islands, off E Kamchatka Peninsula, E Russian Far East, in SW Bering Sea. They consist of Bering Island, Medny Island, and two islets.
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, c.55 mi (90 km) long and up to c.15 mi (20 km) wide, off Kamchatka peninsula, E Russian Far East, in the Bering Sea. It is low and treeless and is subject to severe windstorms. Nikolskoye is the chief town. Vitus BeringBering, Vitus Jonassen
, 1681–1741, Danish explorer in Russian employ. In 1725 he was selected by Peter I to explore far NE Siberia. Having finally moved men and supplies across Siberia, Bering in 1728 sailed N through Bering Strait but sighted no land and did not
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, sailing in the St. Peter, was shipwrecked and died there.

Bering Island

 

a western island of the Komandorskie Islands group in the Bering Sea (Kamchatka Oblast, RSFSR). Its area is 1,660 sq km. The southeastern part of Bering Island is mountainous (the highest point is 751 m) and is composed of tufaceous deposits from the Paleogene and Neogene and effusions of Anthropogenic formations. The climate is maritime and subarctic. Precipitation is about 500 mm a year. The island is covered with tundra vegetation, and in the valleys there are meadows, with Erman’s and Middendorfs birch. The shore is a breeding ground for northern fur seals and Steller’s sea lions; sea otters are also found there. The population is Russian and Aleutian. There is a maritime fur combine. The island is named after V. Bering.

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These observations were made by Georg Wilhelm Steller, a naturalist  who discovered the  species in 1741 on Vitus Bering's   Great Northern Expedition when the crew became shipwrecked on Bering Island.
As per the Geophysical Survey of the Russian Academy of Sciences (GS RAS), a tsunami warning was issued on Bering Island, located in 290 kilometers from the epicenter.
on Tuesday (2334 GMT on Monday) some 125 miles (200 km) from the city of Nikolskoye on Bering island off the Kamchatka Peninsula.
The researchers conducted the first extensive community-based monitoring for harmful algal blooms and PSP in waters around the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands region in Alaska, and Bering Island in Russia.
Scientists and students from the Russian-American Far East Russia Orca Project (Ferop) spotted the whale, which they have nicknamed Iceberg, twice during research projects off the coast of Bering Island in August 2010.
This expedition ended in disaster with the wreck of Bering's flagship off what today is known as Bering Island, a mountainous outcrop east of Kamchatka, where he died and is buried.
Steller sea lions were numerous on Bering Island when discovered by George Steller in 1742, but they ceased breeding there and almost disappeared from the Commander Islands during the mid to late 19th century (Steller, 1751; Stejneger, 1898; Grebnitsky, 1902).
He served the Russian Empire until his death, which occurred on Bering Island in the western Bering Sea during his return trip from Alaska in 1741.
The biggest highlight was stopping at Bering Island and visiting the grave of the Danish navigator and explorer Vitus Bering.
I shot my final example (left) only moments after coming ashore at Bering Island, on Russia's far eastern frontier.
As director of the Aleutsk Regional Study Museum in Nikolskoye on Bering Island in the Commander Islands, Kiiyakina has a strong commitment to her culture.
The Bering Strait, which lies between Alaska and Northeast Russia, and Bering Island, in the Commander Islands, are named after him.