Information About

Aleutian Islands

Quick Facts

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Location

52 ° 5' 49" N,
173 ° 30' 2" W

Region

Aleutians West (CA)

Elevation

469 ft (142.95 m)

Uses

Aleutian Islands in Detail.

About

Island chain separating the Bering Sea from the Pacific Ocean, extending in a arc from the Alaska Peninsula WSW approximately 1100 mi to and including Attu Island approximately 600 mi E of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Soviet Union.

History

Admiral Adam Johann von Krusenstern, Imperial Russian Navy (IRN), (1770-1846) first proposed that the name "Aleutian" (1827, v. 2, p. 78), used to designate the native people living on the islands, be applied to the whole archipelago; linguistic origin and meaning of the name is unknown. The chain includes five major groups; Andreanof Islands, Fox Islands, Islands of Four Mountains, Near Islands, and Rat Islands.