Chukchi Sea

Chukchi Sea is a marginal sea bounded on the west by the De Long Strait, off Wrangel Island, and in the east by Point Barrow, Alaska, beyond which the Beaufort Sea lies. The Bering Strait covers its southernmost border and it connects the Sea to the Bering Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Uelen is the principal port on the Chukchi Sea.


The sea covers approximately an area of 595,000 km (230,000 mi) and it is navigable only about four months of the year. The important geographical feature of the Sea bottom is 700 km (435 mi) long Hope Basin, which is bounded to the northeast by the Herald Arch. The depth less than 50 m (164 ft) occupies 56% of the total area.

Islands: Chukchi Sea has very few islands, when compared to other seas of the arctic; there are some small islands lie along the Siberian coast but not in its midst.

The Chukchi Sea is named after the Chukchi people, who reside on its shores and on the Chukotka Peninsula.


The fishing, whaling and the hunting of walrus are engaged in this cold sea.The Kivalina, the Kobuk, the Kokolik, the Kukpowruk, the Kukpuk, the Noatak, the Utukok, the Pitmegea, and the Wulik are the rivers flowing into the Chukchi Sea, in Alaska.

Fauna: The polar bear is found in the pack ice of the Chukchi Sea and its population found in the sea and its pack ice is one of the five genetically distinct Eurasian populations of this species.

Oil and gas resources: The Chukchi shelf has oil and gas reserves of nearly 30 billion barrels (4.8109 m3).

List of Seas in Arctic Ocean

Amundsen Gulf
James Bay
Baffin Bay
Kara Sea
Barents Sea
Kara Strait
Beaufort Sea
Laptev Sea
Bering Sea
Lincoln Sea
Chukchi Sea
Prince Gustav Adolf Sea
East Siberian Sea
Pechora Sea
Greenland Sea
White Sea
Hudson Bay