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Bering Island (Russian: Ostrov Beringa) is located off the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Bering Sea. At 90 kilometers (55 miles) long by 20 kilometers (15 miles) wide, it is the largest of the Komandorski Islands. Topography of Kamchatka Peninsula For other uses of Kamchatka, see Kamchatka (disambiguation). ... The Bering Sea or Imarpik Sea is a body of water in the far northern Pacific Ocean covering over two million square kilometres. ... The Komandorski Islands or Commander Islands, (in Russian, Komandorskiye Ostrova) are a group of treeless islands east of the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, in the Bering Sea. ...

It is desolate and experiences severe weather, but is inhabited—the town of Nikolskoye is home to 600 to 800 people, roughly 300 of them Aleuts. Nikolskoye is a village on Bering Island in the Komandorski Islands, east of Russia. ... The Aleuts (self-denomination: Unangax) are the indigenous people of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, U.S.A.. The homeland of the Aleuts includes the Aleutian Islands, the Pribilof Islands, the Shumagin Islands, and the far western part of the Alaska Peninsula. ...

Vitus Bering, sailing in Sviatoi Petr (St. Peter), was shipwrecked and died of an illness on Bering Island, along with 28 of his men. Vitus Jonassen Bering (also, less correctly, Behring) (August, 1681 - December 19, 1741) was a Danish-born navigator in the service of Russia, captain-komandor of the Russian Navy known among the Russian sailors as Ivan Ivanovich. ...

This island is also un-commonly known as the "Floating Island" simply because it "floats" on the International Timeline.



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