Chamisso Island is a small island in Kotzebue Sound, Alaska. It is located off Spafarief Bay at the mouth of Eschscholtz Bay, just south of the Choris Peninsula.
The island is roughly triangular. It is 1.4 miles (2.3 km) long and an 0.125 miles (0.201 km) wide. The highest point on Chamisso Island is 226 feet (68.9 m) above sea level.
Chamisso Island has been a Natural Reserve since December 7, 1912. The protected area, the Chamisso Wilderness, includes Chamisso Island and nearby Puffin Island, as well as some rocky islets nearby. Both islands are part of the Chukchi Sea unit of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.
This island was named after naturalist Adelbert von Chamisso, who reached the island in 1816.
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... Chamisso Wilderness is a 455-acre (184 ha) wilderness area in the U.S ... A small subunit of the Chukchi Sea Unit of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, Chamisso Island and nearby Puffin Island were combined as a wildlife refuge in 1912 ... Chamisso Island, named after the naturalist Adelbert von Chamisso, comprises one large sand spit and a low beach zone surrounding a covering of tundra with a few marshy bogs ...
... Puffin Island is a rocky islet in the Kotzebue Sound, Alaska ... This island is located 3.3 km (2.1 mi) NW of Chamisso Island, 58 mi (93 km) ... Puffin Island is a steep rock and, though much smaller than Chamisso Island, it has many more nesting birds on its surface, especially horned puffins ...
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