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Title: Amchitka, Alaska Site Fact Sheet

Abstract

Amchitka Island is near the western end of the Aleutian Island chain and is the largest island in the Rat Island Group that is located about 1,340 miles west-southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, and 870 miles east of the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia. The island is 42 miles long and 1 to 4 miles wide, with an area of approximately 74,240 acres. Elevations range from sea level to more than 1,100 feet above sea level. The coastline is rugged; sea cliffs and grassy slopes surround nearly the entire island. Vegetation on the island is low-growing, meadow-like tundra grasses at lower elevations. No trees grow on Amchitka. The lowest elevations are on the eastern third of the island and are characterized by numerous shallow lakes and heavily vegetated drainages. The central portion of the island has higher elevations and fewer lakes. The westernmost 3 miles of the island contains a windswept rocky plateau with sparse vegetation.

Publication Date:
Research Org.:
USDOE Office of Legacy Management (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Legacy Management (LM)
OSTI Identifier:
1114509
DOE Contract Number:  
DE-AM01-07LM00060
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; 58 GEOSCIENCES; 61 RADIATION PROTECTION AND DOSIMETRY

Citation Formats

None. Amchitka, Alaska Site Fact Sheet. United States: N. p., 2011. Web.
None. Amchitka, Alaska Site Fact Sheet. United States.
None. Thu . "Amchitka, Alaska Site Fact Sheet". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1114509.
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title = {Amchitka, Alaska Site Fact Sheet},
author = {None},
abstractNote = {Amchitka Island is near the western end of the Aleutian Island chain and is the largest island in the Rat Island Group that is located about 1,340 miles west-southwest of Anchorage, Alaska, and 870 miles east of the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia. The island is 42 miles long and 1 to 4 miles wide, with an area of approximately 74,240 acres. Elevations range from sea level to more than 1,100 feet above sea level. The coastline is rugged; sea cliffs and grassy slopes surround nearly the entire island. Vegetation on the island is low-growing, meadow-like tundra grasses at lower elevations. No trees grow on Amchitka. The lowest elevations are on the eastern third of the island and are characterized by numerous shallow lakes and heavily vegetated drainages. The central portion of the island has higher elevations and fewer lakes. The westernmost 3 miles of the island contains a windswept rocky plateau with sparse vegetation.},
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year = {Thu Dec 15 00:00:00 EST 2011},
month = {Thu Dec 15 00:00:00 EST 2011}
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