Like precarious stepping stones, the Aleutian Islands span the seas between the New and Old Worlds - reaching westward from the Alaska Peninsula to within 500 miles of the Asian peninsula of Kamchatka (in Russia). Situated between the Bearing Sea and the Pacific Ocean, along the seam of the Pacific and American geologic plates, this 1,100 mile long archipelago has been, and continues to be, the locus of climatic and tectonic events.
Maps of Forcible Removal
For most people, the Aleutians are a far-away place. Maps help you visualize the places and distances involved in far-away stories. Learn about the forcible removal of the Unangax̂ (Aleut) people through maps.
The Iron Ring
The many strategically placed observation outposts and defense fortifications constructed along the coastlines of Amaknak and Unalaska islands during World War II formed what was known as the “Iron Ring.” Explore some of the fortifications of the Iron Ring by car or foot.
Last updated: January 18, 2024