Coordinates: 54°42′23.52″N 167°43′2.23″E /
54.7065333°N 167.7172861°E / 54.7065333; 167.7172861
Map showing position of
Commander Islands to the east of Kamchatka.
The smaller island in the east is Medny and the larger island is
Island (Russian: о́стров Ме́дный), also spelled
Mednyy or Mednyi, sometimes called Copper
Island in English, 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.
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 long and between 5 and 7 km wide and its
area is 186 km². Its maximum elevation is 640 m and the average
annual temperature is +2.8 °C. About 100 meters 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.
1966 Soviet postage stamp depicting Medny Island.
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The island was sighted by on 5 November 1741 by Bering and his crew
while returning from the expedition during which he found America from
the west, but he did not land on this island.
The Russian naval officer and historian Vasily Berch believed that
Yemelyan Basov reached this island in 1745, during his second of four
expeditions to the
Commander Islands between 1743 and 1749, and that
most of the furs he brought back to
Kamchatka in 1745 were hunted on
Towards the end of the 19th century, the settlement of
Preobrazhenskoye was established by Aleuts who moved there from Attu
In 1970, all citizens of the island were moved to neighboring Bering
Island. Until 2001, the island was occupied as a frontier post. Since
then, the island has been completely uninhabited. Scientific studies
of the fauna and flora are conducted annually.
Island is home to many Steller sea lions. 340 pups were born on
the island in 1999, and 153 in 2016.
^ Georg Wilhelm Steller’s journal, in Frank A. Golder: Bering’s
voyages, Vol. 2. p. 129–133. American Geographical Society. Research
series, New York, 1925.
^ Vasiliĭ Nikolayevich Berch: A Chronological History of the
Discovery of the
Aleutian Islands or The Exploits of Russian Merchants
With a Supplement of Historical Data on the Fur Trade, Materials for
the Study of Alaska History, No. 5, The Limestone Press, Kingston,
^ Watson, Traci (August 16, 2017). "Cannibal Sea Lion Kills and Eats
Pup—Never Before Seen". National Geographic. On Medny Island, for
example, only 153 pups were born in 2016, down from 340 births in
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Medny Island.
Island at Northern Pacific Fund (in Russian)
Islands in the Bering Sea
Sea Lion Rock
Sea Otter Rocks