Laptev Sea

There are many bodies of water all over the world. If fact, approximately seventy (70) percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water.

Within these waters are different types of bodies.

Some are oceans and seas, some are lakes or ponds, and others are streams and creeks.

Also included are icecaps and glaciers.

Throughout the world, each body of water has a name.

Some names are known throughout the world while others are only known to locals.

Either way, each area has its own history and importance. One amazing place to learn about is the Laptev Sea.

If you would like to learn more about the Laptev Sea, keep reading!

Laptev Sea Facts for Kids

  • The Laptev Sea is considered a marginal sea which means that it is a division of an ocean. This is a fancy way of saying that is is a section of an ocean, in this case, the Arctic Ocean.
  • The Laptev Sea is named after two Russian explorers, Khariton and Dmitry Laptev in the year 1935.
  • Before it was named the Laptev Sea, this body of water had several names. The Icy Sea, Lena Sea, Tatar Sea, Siberian Sea, and most famously Nordenskiold after another explorer.
  • While it is common knowledge that there are now areas of the Laptev Sea that are inhabited, someone had to be first. The first known inhabitants on the shores of the Laptev Sea were the Yukaghirs.
  • Eventually, the Yukaghirs were replaced by the Evens and the Evenks.
  • These first tribes were eventually replaced by the Yakuts who were then replaced by the Russians.
  • The Laptev Sea is in a very cold climate. So much so, that snow falls during the summer. This area commonly has blizzards and snowstorms.
  • There are approximately 30 different species of zooplankton in the Laptev Sea.
  • There are multiple species of fish that are common to the Laptev Sea. This includes polar cod, flounder, polar smelts, graylings, broad whitefish, sardines, omuls, and Arctic char.
  • Tiksi is the largest settlement on the coast of the Laptev Sea with a population of around five thousand eight hundred and seventy (5,870).
  • The main gulfs along the Laptev Sea’s coast are Yana Bay, Khaya Gulf, Olenyok Gulf, and Buor-Khaya Gulf.
  • In the north of the Laptev Sea, the polar nights last for approximately five months.


Question: What mammals can be found at the Laptev Sea?

Answer: Arctic Fox, wolves, reindeer, polar bears, ermine, Arctic hare, harp seal, bearded seal, ringed seal, and walrus.

Question: What is the name of the largest river that flows into the Laptev Sea?

Answer: The Lena River is the second largest river of the Russian Arctic.

Question: Where is the Laptev Sea located?

Answer: Between the New Siberian Islands, Severnaya Zemlya, and the Taimyr Peninsula in the Arctic Ocean.

Question: What is the average depth of the Laptev Sea?

Answer: five hundred and seventy-eight (578) meters which is equal to one thousand eight hundred and ninety-six feet.

Question: What is the maximum depth of the Laptev Sea?

Answer: Three thousand three hundred and eighty-five meters which is equal to eleven thousand one hundred and six feet.

Question: In what year was the Ust-Lena Nature Reserve formed?

Answer: 1985

Every place in the world has a unique and amazing history as well as a fascinating tale to tell.

This has been only a small sampling of the facts surrounding the amazing Laptev Sea.

No matter how much you learn about a place, there is always so much more to learn.

Hopefully, however, you have learned something new and interesting about the Laptev Sea.