Pyasina River

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Coordinates: 73°54′00″N 87°02′50″E / 73.90000°N 87.04722°E / 73.90000; 87.04722
Pyasina River (Пясина)
Country Russia
Region Krasnoyarsk Krai
City Ust-Tarea
 - elevation 28 m (92 ft)
 - coordinates 69°40′12″N 87°51′36″E / 69.67000°N 87.86000°E / 69.67000; 87.86000
Mouth Pyasino Gulf
 - location Kara Sea, Arctic ocean, Russia
 - coordinates 73°54′00″N 87°02′50″E / 73.90000°N 87.04722°E / 73.90000; 87.04722
Length 818 km (508 mi)
Basin 182,000 km2 (70,271 sq mi)
 - average 2,550 m3/s (90,052 cu ft/s)

Pyasina River (Russian: Пясина) is a river in Krasnoyarsk Krai, Russia. The length of the river is 818 kilometres (508 mi). The area of its basin is 182,000 km². The Pyasina River originates in the Lake Pyasino and flows into the Pyasino Gulf of the Kara Sea. There are more than 60,000 lakes in the basin of the Pyasina covering the area of 10,450 km². The river freezes up in late September—early October and stays under the ice until June.


The Dvina merchant Kondratiy Kurochkin reached the mouth of the Pyasina in 1610.[1] In 1614, an ostrog was built on the river to collect yasak from the natives.[1] In 1935, before the Dudinka-Norilsk railway had been built, the Pyasina River and Lake Pyasino were used to deliver cargo to the site of the future city of Norilsk.[2]


  1. ^ a b Lantzeff, George V., and Richard A. Pierce (1973). Eastward to Empire: Exploration and Conquest on the Russian Open Frontier, to 1750. Montreal eduacadtion: McGill-Queen's U.P. 
  2. ^ По рельсам истории ("Rolling on the rails of history"), Zapolyarnaya Pravda, No. 109 (28.07.2007)