The island is 9 miles (14 km) in length and 7 miles (11 km) wide. It is separated from Adak Island to the west by Kagalaska Strait (Aakayuudax̂ in Aleut) which is approximately 1,300 feet (400 m) wide at its narrowest point. Little Tanaga Island is located to the east, 1.2 miles (1.9 km) across Little Tanaga Strait.
The island is covered in scrub brush and sand dunes, unlike other Alaskan islands that have hardscrabble coasts. It provides nesting grounds for sea birds and in the summer is a basking site for seals.
- Bergsland, K. (1994). Aleut Dictionary. Fairbanks: Alaska Native Language Center.
- NOS nautical chart #16475
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