Coordinates: 79°N 80°E / 79°N 80°E / 79; 80
Bathymetric/topographic map of the
Arctic Ocean and the surroundings
The Siberian Shelf, one of the
Arctic Ocean coastal shelves (such as
the Milne Ice Shelf), is the largest continental shelf of the Earth, a
part of the continental shelf of Russia. It extends from the continent
Eurasia in the general area of North
Siberia (hence the name) into
the Arctic Ocean. It stretches to 1,500 kilometers (930 mi)
offshore. It is relatively shallow, with average depth of 100 m. A
number of islands are within the shelf, including the Wrangel Island,
Novaya Zemlya, and the New Siberian Islands. 
It is encompassed by the Kara Sea, Laptev Sea, and East Siberian Sea,
and respectively subdivided into the Kara Shelf, the Laptov Shelf and
the East Siberian Shelf.
Eastwards it merges into the Chukchi Shelf (of the Chukchi Sea) shared
Eurasia and North America (i.e., by
Russia and the United States).
Westwards it merges into the Barents Shelf of the Barents Sea.
New Siberian Islands
New Siberian Islands and the New Siberian Rift Basin define
the 'New Siberian Shelf.'
According to the split of the high Arctic by the Lomonosov mid-ocean
ridge into the
Eurasian Basin and Amerasian Basin, the Siberian Shelf
is split between the Eurasian Shelf and the Amerasian Shelf.
Flora and fauna
Siberian Shelf is the habitat for numerous flora and fauna.
Polar bear is found through much of the shelf, including
Barents Sea and Chukchi Sea.
East Siberian Sea