Photo Friday: Aleutian Islands from the Sky, Sea and Space

This week’s Photo Friday explores the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. The Aleutian Islands, which separate the Bering Sea from the Pacific Ocean, consist of a series of islands and islets that contain 40 active and 17 inactive volcanoes. These volcanic islands formed from the subduction of the Pacific tectonic plate beneath the North American tectonic plate, and some of the volcanoes are glaciated. Scientists have determined that many of the islands had glaciers at one period.

The Aleutian Islands are also part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge (AMNWR), which protects various seabird colonies. As the largest wildlife refuge in the United States, more seabirds nest on the islands than anywhere else in North America. Puffins, gulls, cormorants, cackling geese, and terns, among others, call the area home. See pictures of some of these birds and the Aleutian Islands from the air,  land, and sea below.

Aleutian Cackling Geese in flight over Amchitka Island (Source: USFWS).

 

Crested Auklets resting on a rocky ledge (Source: Pixnio/Wikimedia Commons).

 

Unusually clear skies allowed NASA’s satellite to acquire this image on May 15, 2014 in which 52 volcanoes are visible (Source: NASA).

 

Eruption of Mt. Cleveland (Source: NASA).

 

Chagulak Island in the Aleutian Islands (Source: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).

 

Hauling supplies on Attu Island in Alaska (Source: Adam/Wikimedia Commons).
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June 05 at 12:06 PM

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