Uboynaya River

The Uboynaya River is a river in the Taymyr Peninsula, Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russian Federation. Its source is in the Byrranga Mountains.It flows across desolate tundra regions into the Kara Sea. The lichen "Dactylina arctica" is common and abundant in the area. [ [http://www.uni-duisburg-essen.de/botanik/Dherb.htm Dherb] ]

The Uboynaya River freezes up in late September—early October and stays under the ice until June. In the short summer the area is a breeding ground for certain birds, like the dunlin. [ [http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/IWS/n010/p00152-p00169.pdf Dunlin] ]

History

In 1922, while leading a geological expedition, Nikolay Urvantsev found abandoned skis at the mouth of the Uboynaya River. They belonged to Roald Amundsen's 1919 Arctic expedition's ill-fated crew members Peter Tessem and Paul Knutsen. [William Barr, "The Last Journey of Peter Tessem and Paul Knutsen, 1919"] This river is now within the Great Arctic State Nature Reserve, the largest nature reserve of Russia and one of the biggest in the world.

References

* [http://www.bigarctic.ru/Eng/ekotourism.htm Ecotourism]
* [http://www.arcticbirds.ru/info02/nl12ru18802.html Birds]


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  • Peter Tessem and Paul Knutsen — were two young men from Norway who went with fellow Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen on his 1918 Arctic expedition aboard ship Maud . Peter Tessem was a carpenter and Paul Knutsen was an able bodiedseaman. One year into the expedition, in 1919,… …   Wikipedia


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