The Eastern Arctic Seas Encyclopedia

2016 Edition
| Editors: Igor S. Zonn, Andrey G. Kostianoy, Aleksandr V. Semenov

Chamisso Island

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Chamisso Island – a small island in the Kotzebue Bay, Alaska, USA. It is situated in the Spafariev Bay at the mouth of Eschscholtz Baу, to the south of Choris Peninsula. The island is triangular in shape. It is 2.3 km long and 0.2 km wide. The highest point of the island is 69 m above sea level. In 1912 Chamisso became a national reserve. The reserve territory the wild area of Chamisso includes the island itself, the neighboring island of Puffin, and, also, some rocks. They constitute a part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. The island was named after Adelbert von Chamisso, a French-German writer, poet, and naturalist, who visited the island in 1816 as a member of the Russian expedition on the brig “Rurik” under the command of Captain O.E. Kotzebue (Russian).
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