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Tiksi is a small town and seaport in the north of Russia. It faces the Laptev Sea. A Polar station and an observatory are located nearby. Navigation is possible for 3 months. It is very cold here in winters and not hot in summer (8 degrees Celsius). Frosts can be here 12 months a year.

The eastern Arctic Ocean, including the Barents, Kara and Laptev Seas, showing the area between the North Pole and the Eurasian coast. Significant island groups (Spitsbergen, Franz Joseph Land, Novaya Zemlya, New Siberian Islands) are indicated.

Krasnoyarsk region, Siberia, Russia The krai lies in the middle of Siberia, and occupies nearly half of the Siberian Federal District, almost splitting it in half, stretching 3,000 km from the Sayan Mountains in the south along the Yenisei River to the Taymyr Peninsula in the north. It borders Tyumen, Tomsk, Irkutsk, and Kemerovo Oblasts, the Republic of Khakassia, the Tuva Republic, and the Sakha Republic, and the Kara Sea and Laptev Sea of the Arctic Ocean in the north.

Russia - Lena river Delta by Landsat 2000. At the end of the Lena River there is a large delta that extends 100 km into the Laptev Sea and is about 400 km (250 mi) wide. The delta is frozen tundra for about 7 months of the year.

Smallest of the world’s oceans, centring approximately on the North Pole. The Arctic Ocean and its marginal seas (the Chukchi, East Siberian, Laptev, Kara, Barents, White, Greenland, and Beaufort; some...

Satellite eye on Earth: August 2014 – in pictures

Ice in the Greenland Sea This is a natural-colour image of ice in the Greenland Sea. Thick tongues of glacial ice stretch over the fjords on the coast (left). Farther offshore, loosely packed floes of sea ice make swirling, paisley patterns in the Fram Strait between northeastern Greenland and Svalbard. The swirls are caused by winds and currents that steer the ice around the sea. Sea ice in the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas is now approaching its annual minimum extent, which typically…