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Barren Islands
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The Barren Islands are the northernmost islands in the Kodiak Archipelago, and are located northeast of Shuyak Island and southwest of the Kenai Peninsula.
Geography
Location Gulf of Alaska
Archipelago Kodiak Archipelago
Total islands 6
Area 42.03 km2 (16.23 sq mi)
Administration
United States
State Alaska
Borough Kodiak Island
Demographics
Population 0 (2010)
Additional information
Part of Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge

The Barren Islands are an archipelago in Alaska in the United States. They are the northernmost islands of the Kodiak Archipelago. The largest island of the group is Ushagat Island. The islands have a combined land area of 16.23 square miles (42.03 km²) and are uninhabited. The largest breeding grounds of seabirds in Alaska are located in the Barren Islands on East Amatuli Island and Nord Island. The archipelago is part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

Geography

The Barren Islands are a group of islands in the Gulf of Alaska that lie off the south-central coast of Alaska in the United States. They are the northernmost islands of the Kodiak Archipelago. They are located between the Kenai Peninsula on the Alaskan mainland to their northeast and Shuyak Island in the Kodiak Archipelago to their southwest. They stretch across 15 miles (24 km) of the Gulf of Alaska, centered around 57°48′N 152°15′W / 57.800°N 152.250°W / 57.800; -152.250 (Barren Islands).

The Barren Islands group is made up of six islands:

Prominent landmarks on the islands include:

Government

The Barren Islands are uninhabited. Administratively, they are part of Alaska′s Kodiak Island Borough. They also make up a part of the Gulf of Alaska Unit of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.

History

The Barren Islands were named on 25 May 1778 by the British explorer Captain James Cook of the Royal Navy, who wrote, "They obtained their name of Barren Isles from their very naked appearance."

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