Chonos Archipelago

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This article is about the archipelago. For indigenous peoples, see Chono people and Chonos tribe.
Chonos Archipelago
Native name: Archipiélago de Chonos
Archipielago de los Chonos.jpg
Chonos Archipelago can be seen in the upper right portion of the image.
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Chonos Archipelago is marked with dark blue, Guaitecas Archipelago with light blue and Chiloé Archipelago is marked with red
Geography
Coordinates 45°08′00″S 73°57′00″W / 45.1333°S 73.95°W / -45.1333; -73.95Coordinates: 45°08′00″S 73°57′00″W / 45.1333°S 73.95°W / -45.1333; -73.95
Adjacent bodies of water Pacific ocean
Country
Region Aisén
Additional information
NGA UFI=-877176

Chonos Archipelago is a series of low mountainous elongated islands with deep bays, traces of a submerged Chilean Coast Range. Most of the islands are forested with little or no human settlement. The deep Moraleda Channel separates the islands of the Chonos Archipelago from the mainland of Chile and from Magdalena Island.

The largest islands are Melchor Island, Benjamin Island, Traiguen Island, Riveros Island, Cuptana Island, James Island, Victoria Island, Simpson Island (Chile), Level Island, Luz Island.

Far out in the Pacific is Guamblin Island with the Isla Guamblin National Park. The National park comprises about 106 km². Blue whales can often be seen here.

Some groups of islands are grouped into minor archipelagoes such as the Guaitecas Archipelago. Guaitecas Archipelago have its own municipality and possesses the only settlement in the archipelago, Melinka. All islands are part of the Aisén Region.

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