Storfjorden (English: "Great Fjord") is the body of water separating
Spitsbergenin the west from Barentsøyaand Edgeøyato the east. Its southern limits are Kikutoddenin Sørkapp Landeast to Håøya, Tiholmane, Brækmoholmane, and Menkeøyanein Tusenøyaneand northeast to Negerpynten—the southeastern promontory of Edgeøya. Its limits on its eastern side are Sundneseton the northern side of Freemansundetsouth to Palibinramtenon the northwest coast of Edgeøya. The northern part is called Ginevrabotnen, which lies between Olav V Landand Barentsøya.
Storfjorden was historically known as "Wybe Jans Water", named after the Friesland whaler
Wybe Jansz van Stavoren. The fjord was first labelled as such in 1620.
Storfjorden was the epicenter of a great
earthquake February 20 2008UCT.
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* Norwegian Polar Institute [http://miljo.npolar.no/placenames/pages/searchE.asp Place Names of Svalbard Database]
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