This Windswept Island Town In Alaska Is Hauntingly Beautiful
Alaska ranges from the farthest Arctic to the temperate rainforests of Southeast, but it also heads east as the Aleutian Islands stretch into the Bering Sea. See this beautiful island that lies near the end of the line. Adak Island, near the western extent of the Andreanof Islands group of the Aleutian Islands, is windswept and hauntingly beautiful.
Alaska's southernmost town, Adak, is located on the Adak Island at the far end of the Aleutian Islands. This distant and remote land is a beautiful corner of Alaska.
Frequent harsh winds, heavy cloud cover, and cold temperatures characterize the subpolar oceanic climate, and the vegetation is primarily tundra. Tundra is low-lying groundcover with grasses, mosses, berries, and low-lying flowering plants.
Adak has a land area of 275 square miles and is 34 miles by 22 miles. This makes it the 25th largest island in the United States!
At one time, Adak was the sixth largest city in Alaska with approximately 6000 service members. The current population is about 300 people, and Adak Island has been the home to Aleut peoples since time immemorial.
The Bering Chapel, lcoated on Bering Hill, is one of the oldest structure's remaining on the island.
Most of the terrain is tundra, low-lying shrub. This tiny stand of trees stands as a National Forrest, commemorating the WWII History of the area.
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Mt. Moffett is the highest point and lies near the northwest end of the island. The mountain rises to 3924 feet and is snow capped most of the time.
Adak Island was the site of a WWII airfield and there were flight operations starting in 1942. The Adak Army Base and Adak Naval Operating Base, NAVFAC Adak operated from
The average temperature in Adak ranges from 20 to 60 degrees, making the summers cool and the winters mild and windy.
Adak has measurable precipitation on 341 days per year, but when the sun comes out, it is as beautiful as a dream.
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