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About This GigapanToggle
- Taken by
- Ella Derbyshire
- Explore score
- 0.11 Gigapixels
- Date added
- Aug 16, 2008
- Date taken
- Jul 29, 2008
Wilczek Island is located in the southeast corner of Franz Josef Land, a rocky archipelago in the Barents Sea north of mainland Russia. The island, like most of the neighboring islands is uninhabited.
On November 1, 1873, it was the site of the first landing by the Austro-Hungarian North Pole Expedition which discovered the archipelago. The archipelago was named after Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, and the island was named after Johann Nepomuk Graf Wilczek who was the chief sponsor of their expedition.
They landed here first, but their first sighting of Franz Josef Land was of the rocky spikes of Cape Tegetthoff on nearby Hall Island. Cape Tegetthoff was easily seen from the ridge on this overcast summer day.