Medny Island

Medny Island (Russian: о́стров Ме́дный), also spelled Mednyy or Mednyi, sometimes called Copper Island in English (literally translated from Russian), is the smaller (after Bering Island) of the two main islands in the Commander Islands in the North Pacific Ocean, east of Kamchatka, Russia. (The other fifteen are better described as islets and rocks.) These islands belong to the Kamchatka Krai of the Russian Federation.

Map showing position of Commander Islands to the east of Kamchatka. The smaller island in the east is Medny and the larger island is Bering Island
Medny Island

The island was uninhabited until the late 19th century, when Aleuts came from Attu Island in the Aleutian Islands to Medny Island.

The island is 56 km (35 mi) long and between 5 and 7 km (3.1 and 4.3 mi) wide and its area is 186 km2 (72 sq mi). Its maximum elevation is 640 m (2,100 ft) and the average annual temperature is +2.8 °C (37.0 °F). About 100 metres (330 ft) off the northwestern end of the islands are the Beaver Stones (Бобровые камни in Russian), two islets connected by an isthmus, with a combined length of 1 km (0.62 mi).

1966 Soviet postage stamp depicting Medny Island.

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