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Prominent Russians: Geography and exploration

Faddey Bellinsgauzen Faddey Bellinsgauzen Geography and exploration On January 16, 1820, an expedition led by Faddey Bellinsgauzen reached Antarctica. For the first time in history people saw the ice-covered banks of the sixth continent. Vitus Bering Vitus Bering Geography and exploration Vitus Bering was one of the world's most famous explorers, discovering the passage between the Asian and the American continent later named after him. Semyon Dezhnyov Semyon Dezhnyov Geography and exploration Semyon Deznyov was the Russian explorer who discovered the Bering Strait. Yerofey Khabarov Yerofey Khabarov Geography and exploration Yerofey Khabarov was a Russian explorer who was among the first to map out the great Amur River and colonize its region. A city on the Amur was named after him - Khabarovsk. Fyodor Konyukhov Fyodor Konyukhov Geography and exploration Fyodor Konyukhov is a Russian traveler, artist and writer. He has completed over 40 unique expeditions and mountain climbs. Ivan Kruzenshtern (Adam Johann von Krusenstern) Ivan Kruzenshtern (Adam Johann von Krusenstern) Geography and exploration Ivan Kruzenshtern was a Russian sailor and admiral, descending from German nobles. Mikhail Lazarev Mikhail Lazarev Geography and exploration Mikhail Lazarev was a Russian sailor and explorer. In 1819, he led a South Pole expedition and discovered the continent of Antarctica. Nikolay Miklukho-Maklay Nikolay Miklukho-Maklay Geography and exploration Nikolay Miklukho-Maklay was a Russian ethnographer who studied the populations of South-East Asia, Australia and Oceania, including the indigenous tribes of North-Eastern Papua New Guinea. Afanasy Nikitin Afanasy Nikitin Geography and exploration Afanasy Nikitin was a Russian merchant and one of the first Europeans to travel to India and to document his visit. He described his trip in a narrative known as the “The Journey Beyond Three Seas.” Ivan Papanin Ivan Papanin Geography and exploration Ivan Papanin was a leading Arctic explorer who established “The Northern Sea Route”. He is best known for his 274 day drift on an ice block from the North Pole to the edge of the Arctic. Pyotr Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky Pyotr Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky Geography and exploration Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky was an outstanding geographer whose research earned him the right to use the name of one of the largest mountain chains of the world for his last name. The Shparos The Shparos Geography and exploration Dmitry Shparo and his son Matvey are polar explorers that have walked cross the Arctic lands, the North Pole and many other “extreme spots” of the planet.