ABC Islands (Alaska)

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Not to be confused with ABC islands (Lesser Antilles).

The ABC Islands is the colloquial name for the Alaskan islands of Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof in the northern part of the Alexander Archipelago, which are all part of the Tongass National Forest. The islands are known for their wilderness and wildlife, which include a clade of brown bear that is more closely related to polar bears[1] than to other living brown bears.

Most of the islands' area is federally protected wilderness. There is only minimal industry and human presence on the islands, despite the fact that Admiralty (7th), Baranof (10th) and Chichagof (5th) are among the largest islands in the United States.


Coordinates: 57°24′00″N 134°43′59″W / 57.4°N 134.733°W / 57.4; -134.733