Aleutian Range


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Aleutian Range

Aleutian Range, volcanic mountain chain, c.1,600 mi (2,600 km) long, SW Alaska, extending W from Anchorage along the Alaska Peninsula, and continuing, partly submerged as the Aleutian Islands, to Attu island. Mt. Redoubt (10,200 ft/3,109 m), an active volcano, is the highest peak. Part of the volcanic belt that rings the Pacific Ocean, the Aleutian Range contains many active volcanoes. The sites of some of the most notable eruptions are in Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve, Katmai National Park and Preserve, and Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.
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Aleutian Range

 

a mountain range in North America on the Alaskan peninsula. The eastern continuation of the Aleutian Island ridge, it is about 850 km long. It consists of a chain of young Neocene-Quaternary volcanic cones rising to an altitude of 2,500–3,000 m. The highest peak is Mount Redoubt at 3,108 m. There are ten active volcanoes, including the Iliamna, the Katmai, and the Pavlov. The range still bears traces of the ice age. The highest peaks are covered with permanent snow and small glaciers and the slopes with subarctic meadows and mountain tundra.

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