Peschany Island (Russian: о́стров Песча́ный), also known as Ostrov Mel, is an unusually-shaped island in the Laptev Sea. It consists of a 12 kilometers (7.5 mi)-long elliptical landspit which is broken in its eastern and southeastern side forming three smaller islands. The curved spit encloses a shallow lagoon, making Peschany look like a tropical atoll in the maps. This island is barren and uninhabited.
The sea surrounding Peschany Island is covered with pack ice in the winter. There are large polynias forming on the sea in Peschany Island's vicinity. The climate is marked by severe Arctic weather with frequent gales and low temperatures even in the short summer season which lasts barely two months.
There are colonies of walruses on this lonely island.
A British yachtsman visiting Peschany Island recently commented on the weather and on the desolation of the place: "I have been anchored off Ostrov Peschany for a week now and during that time have had to move position eight times. There is, as a rule of thumb, a gale per day lasting between 8 and 12 hours" ... "Ostrov Peschany must be one of the bleakest and least inviting islands anywhere in the world."
The island is administered by the Sakha Republic of Russia.
Peschany Island in the Laptev Sea should not be confused with the following places also named Peschany:
- Cape Peschany, Bolshevik Island Severnaya Zemlya (Latitude: 79° 25' 6 N, Longitude: 102° 28' 5 E)
- Ostrov Peschany, Azerbaijan (Latitude: 40° 18' 39 N, Longitude: 50° 3' 40 E)
- Ostrov Peschany, Ukraine (Latitude: 45° 22' 0 N, Longitude: 29° 40' 60 E)
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