Northern Channel Islands South of Santa Barbara, California – October 22nd, 200934.4N 119.6W
The Channel Islands of California are a chain of eight islands located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California along the Santa Barbara Channel in the United States of America.
Four of the eight islands can be seen south of the city of Santa Barbara in this orthorectified image (from left to right): San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Anacapa. The Channel Islands are actually divided into two groups; these four islands belong to the Northern group. The four Northern Islands used to be a single landmass known as Santa Rosae.
Also, along with Santa Barbara, the Northern Channel Islands are part of the Channel Islands National Park, created in 1980. The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary encompasses the waters six nautical miles (11 kilometers) offshore.