Pyotr Pakhtusov


Pyotr Pakhtusov

Pyotr Kuzmich Pakhtusov (1800, Kronstadt - 19 November 1835, Arkhangelsk) was a Russian surveyor and Arctic explorer. He is credited with the first thorough survey of Novaya Zemlya.

Between 1832 and 1835 Pakhtusov undertook two exploratory journeys to Novaya Zemlya. He wintered on the island on the two occasions and took detailed meteorological observations.

Pakhtusov carefully surveyed the southern and eastern parts of Novaya Zemlya along with fellow explorer and cartographer Avgust Tsivolko during the last two years of the expedition. Thanks to their work the first reliable maps of Novaya Zemlya's southern shores and part of the northern island's coastline, were published.

A small island in the eastern shore of Novaya Zemlya [ [http://www.traveljournals.net/explore/russia/map/p9054711/ostrov_pakhtusov.html Pakhtusov Island] ] and a group of islands in the Nordenskiöld Archipelago are named after Pyotr Kuzmich Pakhtusov.

References

* [http://www.whoi.edu/beaufortgyre/history/history_russian1819.html] & [http://arcticcircle.uconn.edu/HistoryCulture/russianexplor.html Russian Arctic Exploration]
* [http://www.jstor.org/pss/208589 Novaya Zemlya, a Russian Arctic Land]
* [http://visualrian.com/images/?text=Arctic+explorer&section=photo Picture of a monument to Pakhtusov]
* [http://www.springerlink.com/index/m7q5743v750705l0.pdf History of the Northern Sea Route]
* [http://segodnya.spb.rus.net/5-6-00/eng/10_e.htm Eulogy of Russia's pioneering Arctic explorers]


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