- Siberian Shelf
The Siberian Shelf, one of the
Arctic shelves, is the largest continental shelfof the Earth, a part of the continental shelf of Russia. It extends from the continent of Eurasiain the general area of North Siberia(hence the name) into the Arctic Ocean. It stretches to 1500 kilometers (930 miles) offshore. It is relatively shallow, with average depth of 100 m. A number of islands are within the shelf, including the Wrangel Island, Novaya Zemlya, and the New Siberian Islands. [ [http://www.aquatic.uoguelph.ca/oceans/ArticOceanWeb/Shelves/siberian.htm Siberian Shelf] ]
It is encompassed by the
Kara Sea, Laptev Sea, and East Siberian Sea, and respectively subdivided into the Kara Sea Shelf, Laptev Sea Shelf, and East Siberian Shelf.
Eastwards it merges into the
Chukchi Shelf(of the Chukchi Sea) shared by Eurasia and Alaska(i.e., by Russiaand the United States).
Westwards it merges into the
Barents Shelfof the Barents Sea.
New Siberian Islandsand the New Siberian Rift Basindefine the New Siberian Shelf.
According to the split of the high Arctic by the Lomonosov
mid-ocean ridgeinto the Eurasian Basinand Amerasian Basin, the Siberian Shelf is split between the Eurasian Shelfand the Amerasian Shelf.
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