Ecosystem Reference
Ecosystem Kara Sea
Type Sea/Bay/Gulf
Salinity saltwater
Other Names
LME SAU No 58. Arctic Ocean, north of Russia. LME2002, Modified LME 2006, SAU 2008. 82° N 66° N - 55° E 107° E
Location Map Kara_Sea.png
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River Length Area 993659 km2 Drainage Area
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Description The Kara Sea Large Marine Ecosystem is a high-latitude marine region located within the Polar Cycle on the huge Siberian shelf. It is separated from the Laptev Sea LME by the Northern Land Islands. Compared to neighboring Arctic seas, the shallow Kara Sea is free of ice year round because of warm ocean currents from the North Atlantic and high salt levels that maintain the water flow. The rocky coasts are indented with many small bays and inlets and are covered in shrubs and moss. There are many diverse habitats in this region. Several rivers (Yenisey, Taz, Ob) provide an important source of fresh water for the Arctic Ocean (
Comments on faunal list Area from SAU (November 2015).
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