Rat Islands

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Rat Islands:

see Aleutian IslandsAleutian Islands
, chain of rugged, volcanic islands curving c.1,200 mi (1,900 km) west from the tip of the Alaska Peninsula and approaching Russia's Komandorski Islands.
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Rat Islands


a group of islands in the western Aleutian Islands archipelago (USA, state of Alaska). They consist of seven large islands (Kiska, Semisopochnoi, Amchitka, Little Sit-kin, Buldir, Rat, and Seguía) and several small islands. The islands are primarily mountainous (elevations to 1,221 m on Semisopochnoi Island). There are active volcanoes. A preserve for sea otter exists on Amchitka Island. The islands were discovered in the 18th century by Russian merchants and traders. The islands received their name because of the abundance of rodents on them at the time.

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Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska, Feb 1965 - 8.
The Aleutians comprise four main groups: Fox Islands, nearest to the mainland, including Unalaska, Unimak, Umnak and Akutan; Andreanof Islands, including Amlia, Atka, Adak, Kanaga and Tanaga; Rat Islands, including Amchitka and Kiska; and Near Islands, the smallest and westernmost group, including Agattu and Attu.

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