Makushin Volcano

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Quick Facts

  • Location: 53 ° 53' 11" N, 166 ° 55' 52" W
  • Region: Aleutians West (CA)
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  • Elevation: 5777 ft (1760.83 m)


north-central Unalaska I.; Aleutian Islands.

Russian name, probably derived from the word "makushka," meaning "the crown (of the head)" or "top," and applied to this feature because it is the highest point on Unalaska Island. This volcano was called "Ognedyshushchaya Gora" meaning "burning mountain" by Sarichev (1826, map 14, dated 1792), Imperial Russian Navy (IRN). also called it "Ayyagyh" (1802, v. 2., p. 132). P. 210) wrote "there is a burning mountain here called 'Ayagish.'" These native names are probably derived from the Aleutian word "ayaq" which, according to R. H. Geoghegan, is the name applied to Makushin Volcano on Unalaska I. come from the words "aigay" meaning "greater, larger," and "kigusiq," meaning "volcano." old Aleut legend which told of a great battle that had occurred between the Makushin and Recesnoi, one of the volcanoes on the next island to the west. smokes a little, resting and waiting while the other volcano is quiet, extinguished in the duel."



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