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Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa, the Two Largest Channel Islands of California, USA

34.0N 119.7W

March 21st, 2011 Category: Mountains

USA - March 20th, 2011

This orthorectified image shows two of the eight Channel Islands of California, Santa Cruz (right) and Santa Rosa (left). The islands are located in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Southern California, along the Santa Barbara Channel in the United States of America.

Santa Cruz is 22 miles (35 km) long and from 2 to 6 miles (3.2 to 9.7 km) wide. At 61,764.6 acres (249.952 km2 or 96.507 sq mi), it is the largest of the eight islands in the chain. The coastline has steep cliffs, gigantic sea caves, coves, and sandy beaches. The highest peak is Devils Peak, at 2450+ feet (747+ m).

Santa Rosa Island is the second largest of the chain, at 53,195 acres (215.27 kmĀ² or 83.118 sq mi). It is occupied by rolling hills, deep canyons, a coastal lagoon and beaches adorned with sand dunes and driftwood. Its highest peak is Vail Peak, at 1,589 feet (484 m).

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