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Shantar Islands(shəntär`), archipelago, c.980 sq mi (2,540 sq km), Khabarovsk Territory, Russian Far East, in the Sea of Okhotsk. Discovered in 1645, the islands are used as a fishing base and for fur trapping and lumbering.
an archipelago in the southwestern part of the Sea of Okhotsk comprising 15 islands (Khabarovsk Krai, RSFSR). The total area of all the islands is approximately 2,500 sq km. The largest islands are Bol’shoi Shantar (area, 1,790 sq km), Feklistov (about 400 sq km), Malyi Shantar (about 100 sq km), and Belichii (about 70 sq km). The maximum elevation is 701 m. The islands, which are primarily mountainous, are composed of sandstones and clayey shales, with granitic and ultrabasic intrusions. The climate is harsh. The mountain slopes are covered with larch and dark coniferous forests; on the peaks there are thickets of dwarf stone pine.