Information About

Amatignak Island

Quick Facts

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Location

51 ° 15' 44" N,
179 ° 6' 31" W

Region

Aleutians West (CA)

Part of

Delarof Islands

Length

6 mi (9.66 km)

Elevation

991 ft (302.06 m)

Uses

Amatignak Island in Detail.

Getting There

Take a big boat from either Adak, Atka, or Dutch Harbor/Unalaska.

About

in Delarof Is., southernmost of Aleutian Is.; 6 miles long.

A treeless island of the Delarof Islands in the Aleutian Islands. The interesting thing about Amatignak Island is it's the southernmost point of Alaska as well as the westernmost longitude of Alaska, and North America. It's part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge wilderness.

It has large rolling grassy slopes and large cliffs.

It's also often used as a location marker when describing earthquakes.


History

Aleut name reported by Commodore Joseph Billings about 1792, as "Amatignas". Captain Tebenkov (1852, map 29) shows "3(strov) Amatignak", Captain Lutke (1836, p. 323) gave "Amatignak and Amatygnak 'qui en Aleoute signifie copeau (wood chip)'.

Naming: It is an Aleut name reported by Commodore Joseph Billings about 1792, as "Amatignas." Captain Tebenkov (1852, map 29), IRN, shows "O[strov] Amatignak.