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Tundra on the Taymyr Peninsula between Dudinka and Norilsk, River Ambarnaya
Native nameАмбарная  (Russian)
Physical characteristics
 • coordinates69°17′01″N 87°43′57″E / 69.283697°N 87.732524°E / 69.283697; 87.732524
MouthLake Pyasino
 • coordinates
69°28′39″N 87°55′13″E / 69.477599°N 87.920351°E / 69.477599; 87.920351Coordinates: 69°28′39″N 87°55′13″E / 69.477599°N 87.920351°E / 69.477599; 87.920351
Length60 km (37 mi)[1]
Basin size428 km2 (165 sq mi)
Basin features
ProgressionLake PyasinoPyasinaKara Sea
 • rightDaldykan

The Ambarnaya (Russian: Амбарная, lit.'barn girl') is a river in Siberia which flows in a northerly direction into Lake Pyasino. On leaving Lake Pyasino, the waters emerge as the river Pyasina. It shares a common delta with the river Norilskaya. It is 60 kilometres (37 mi) long, and has a drainage basin of 428 square kilometres (165 sq mi).[2]

The river is fed by rain and meltwater.[3] It is shallow and its bed consists of glacial morainegravel and pebbles.[4] It is heavily polluted by the mining industry of Norilsk, namely Nornickel, so fishing is no longer possible.[5]

Diesel spill[edit]

In May 2020, 20,000 tonnes of diesel fuel spilt into the river from a power plant. With a 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) stretch of river seriously affected, Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, declared a state of emergency.[6][1][7]


  1. ^ a b Skarbo, Svetlana Skarbo (2 June 2020). "State of emergency in Norilsk after 20,000 tons of diesel leaks into Arctic river system".
  2. ^ Река Амбарная in the State Water Register of Russia (Russian)
  3. ^ Gravesen; Ammendrup; Lollike (1995), A Railway on Permafrost in Siberia, OMAE
  4. ^ Mel'nikov; Bakulin; Karpov; Kolesov (1973), "Geocryological Conditions and Procedures for Laying the Noril'sk-Messoyakha Pipeline", Permafrost: Second International Conference, National Academies, p. 599, ISBN 9780309027465
  5. ^ Studies on Russian Economic Development, 10, Interperiodica, 1999, p. 324
  6. ^ Russia's Putin declares state of emergency after Arctic Circle oil spill, BBC, 4 June 2020
  7. ^ AFP (2 June 2020). "Massive Thermal Plant Fuel Leak Pollutes Siberian River". The Moscow Times.