In photos: On Russia’s remote Wrangel Island, a haven for arctic wildlife

In the remote waters of the Arctic Ocean above the mainland of Russia’s Far East lies Wrangel Island, a rugged, mountainous stretch of land that remains barely touched by human life.

The 91st largest island in the world, Wrangel Island covers an area roughly the size of Crete and is under UNESCO protection.

As the island is sparsely populated by humans, it serves as a vital habitat for rare plant and animal species.

However, this habitat is threatened.

Russian officials are considering dismantling some of the island’s environmental protections to make it a staging ground for military exercises, environmental outlet reported Thursday.

Here is a preview of the photos of the island’s unique ecosystem:

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