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  Channel Islands of California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Channel Islands of California, also called the Santa Barbara Islands, 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.
The eight islands are split between the jurisdictions of three separate California counties: Santa Barbara County (four), Ventura County (two) and Los Angeles County (two).
During WWII all of Southern California's Channel Islands were put under complete military control—including the civilian populated Santa Catalina where tourism was halted and established residents needed permits to travel to and from the mainland.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Channel_Islands_of_California   (477 words)

 Channel Islands National Park Information Page
The island is a tableland of lush grasses and wildflowers, with 27 miles of jagged, rocky coastline dotted with sandy white beaches.
Among the islands extinct terrestrial mammals is the pygmy mammoth.
The population of island foxes on San Miguel Island is 420 to 500 animals.
www.channel.islands.national-park.com /info.htm   (6398 words)

 Channel Islands - California   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The predominant feature of the Channel islands is they rise like straight cliffs out of the sea, with water on all four sides.
Anacapa Island is the closest island to the mainland, and actually composed of three small islets.
A permit is required simply to land on this island, and approximately one-tenth of the island is privately held.
www.worldmind.com /Wild/Parks/channel.html   (566 words)

 California Creates Channel Islands Marine Reserves   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The vote by the California Fish and Game Commission to establish no fishing zones is aimed at helping to reverse the alarming drop over the past decade in the population of several marine species that were once plentiful off the California coast, including red snapper, angel sharks and abalone.
Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary sits at the junction of warm and cold ocean streams, offering a unique marine environment that provides exceptional habitat and breeding areas for many aquatic creatures, including more than 20 threatened or endangered species.
The 175 square miles of protected areas around the Channel Islands are the nation's third largest marine reserve, behind the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
www.flmnh.ufl.edu /fish/innews/CIreserve2002.htm   (892 words)

 Channel Islands National Park
California's Channel Islands are one of the last untouched, undeveloped areas of the world.
The Channel Islands are truly an experience in untouched natural beauty; incorporating hundreds of miles of unspoiled island coastlines and species of wildlife found nowhere else on earth.
When cruising the waters around the Channel Islands, you'll behold the natural beauty of rugged peaks and precipitous cliffs, sea water spraying to the heavens from naturally formed island blowholes and see island shores teeming with breeding colonies of sea birds, seals and sea lions.
www.truthaquatics.com /islandinfo.htm   (205 words)

 Channel Islands National Park, California   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Comprised of five of the eight California Channel Islands, Channel Islands National Park is home to a wide variety of nationally and internationally significant natural and cultural resources.
Channel Islands Aviation, located at the Camarillo airport, is the park's concessionaire for air travel to Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands.
Anacapa is a great island for your first visit; it is the closest island to the mainland (1 ½ hour boat ride) and consists of dramatic, steep cliffs, with hundreds of sea birds and marine mammals.
classic.mountainzone.com /nationalparks/chis   (1422 words)

 California Channel Islands Laboratory - Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA
The California Channel Islands Laboratory is in the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology and has been open since 1988.
Island Chumash villagers were maritime peoples, engaged heavily in using the rich faunal resources of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Barbara Channel.
Affilitated with the California Channel Islands Laboratory are a number of graduate students and research associates working in a variety of cultural and geographic settings.
www.sscnet.ucla.edu /anthro/faculty/arnold/california-lab.htm   (1775 words)

 Dive Global Destination :: USA - Channel Islands
Diving California's Channel Islands is one of the most unique diving experiences in the world.
The Channel Islands consist of the Northern and Southern Channel Islands.
Catalina Island is the only island in all the Channel Islands with a substantial permanent population concentrated in it's only town, Avalon.
www.diveglobal.com /explore_destinations/destinations/usa/channel_islands.asp   (813 words)

 homepage of Vladimir Dinets-Channel Islands
Channel Islands off California are clearly visible from the shore between Santa Barbara and San Diego, but they are a world apart from the busy mainland.
The westernmost of all Channel Island, San Miguel is also the coldest, the most remote, and the less visited - probably the most desolated place in Alta California.
Island trails are steep and slippery, so it is not unusual for visitors to get back to the mainland by medevac helicopter.
dinets.travel.ru /chis.htm   (854 words)

 channel islands national park official web site
Island Packers is the park's concessionaire for boat travel departing from Ventura and Channel Islands Harbors to all of the islands.
Channel Islands Aviation, located at the Camarillo airport, is the park's concessionaire for air travel to Santa Rosa Island.
Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau announces a temporary and partial closure will be in effect on National Park Service (NPS) property on Santa Cruz Island to ensure safety during the pig hunt.
www.nps.gov /chis/homepage.htm   (1779 words)

 CALIFORNIA'S GALAPAGOS / Stretching 100 miles along the state's southern coast, the Channel Islands make up a stunning ...
In the hushed interior woodlands of the larger islands, endemic island oaks and Santa Cruz ironwoods cloak steep hillsides.
The islands have been hard-used since the last Chumash were ``missionized'' by Spanish priests in the early 19th century.
The remains that Krantz removed from the grave were reinterred on the island in a ceremony conducted by several members of the tribe.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1998/01/18/SC72634.DTL   (2675 words)

 Channel Islands Harbor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Dredging for the Channel Islands Harbor began in the mid-1950’s.
The entrance channel is 32,000 feet in length and varies in width from 300 feet near the entrance basin to 600 feet within the harbor.
Channel Islands Harbor receives sediment from the Ventura and Santa Clara rivers and the upcoast beaches; sediment is carried downcoast by a southerly littoral transport system which is a result of wave action and prevailing downcoast currents.
www.spl.usace.army.mil /co/navigation/chnlisln/channel.html   (506 words)

 GORP - Channel Islands National Park, California, Adventure, Travel, Outdoor Recreation, Trips, Tours
The Channel Islands occupy such a unique niche in the ecology of the United States that they're sometimes referred to as America's Galapagos.
The isolation of the eight islands in the chain has played a big role in building that diversity, as has its location at the collision point between the cold, nutrient-rich waters moving south from northern California and warm water moving north from from Baja California.
The Channel Islands are the most important seabird nesting areas in the western, and tiny, rarely visited Santa Barbara Island pulls more than its share of the weight.
gorp.away.com /gorp/resource/us_national_park/ca_chann.htm   (742 words)

 NPS: Nature & Science» Geology Resources Division   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
On the eastern tip of the island, a unique coastal marsh is among the most extensive freshwater habitats found on any of the Channel Islands.
The family left the island in 1942 after the suicide of Herbert Lester, who had become known as the "King of San Miguel." From the mid-1940s to the mid-1950s the island was used as a bombing range.
California sea lions and, in winter, elephant seals breed on the island.
www2.nature.nps.gov /geology/parks/chis   (2466 words)

 Channel Islands National Park-related Publications 1982-1998
Bartholomew, G.A. and Boolootian, R.A. Population structure of the pinnipeds on the California Channel Islands.
Stewart, B.S. The Ecology and Population Biology of the Northern Elephant Seal, Mirounga angustirostris Gill 1866, on the Southern California Channel Islands.
Philbrick, Ralph N. Proceedings of the symposium on the biology of the Channel Islands.
www.nature.nps.gov /im/units/chis/HTMLpages/References.htm   (3093 words)

 Brief history of The Channel Islands
The Spanish era on the Northern Channel Islands began in 1542 with the voyage of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo.
The Indians who had occupied the islands during the Spanish era greatly decreased in their number until the early 19th century when the last of them were removed to the mainland for "missionization." Sea otter hunting around the islands began in the late 1700s and continued into the mid-1800s.
In 1987 Santa Cruz Island was donated to The Nature Conservancy by the late Carey Stanton and remains a private in-holding within the boundaries of the Channel Islands National Park.
www.west.net /~scifmail/history.html   (737 words)

 California Channel Islands Adventure
The California Channel Islands National Park consists of 249,354 acres, half of which are under the ocean, and include the islands of San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara.
Located at the convergence of nutrient rich waters from Northern California and warm waters from Baja California, the islands play host to a variety and quantity of marine life that changes from one end of the island chain to the other.
Even though the islands seem tantalizingly close to the densely populated, southern California coast, their isolation has left the Channel Islands relatively undeveloped and has played a big role in building their diversity.
www.optiquatics.com /tripdet/Peace/CI.htm   (388 words)

 California Wild Summer 2001 - Channel Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The islands are ringed by kelp forests and sandy plains, with pelagic, or “blue-water” zones a little further offshore.
Here the California Current, rich in nutrients from upwelling at Point Conception, collides with the warm, north-flowing California Countercurrent, mixing organisms and nutrients from offshore Baja with those of Alaska and Canada.
Although the islands make up only three percent of California’s coastline, the waters around them typically yield about 15 percent of the state’s seafood harvest.
www.calacademy.org /calwild/2001summer/stories/channelislands.html   (2047 words)

 Dive Global :: Trip of the Month :: The Channel Islands, California, USA   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
At least 27 species of whales and dolphins have been sighted in the Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary and about 18 species are seen regularly and are considered "residents." Little is known about the areas of concentration, life history or behavior of the resident populations.
Comprised of five beautiful and uninhabited islands in a chain of eight just off the coast of Southern California, the Channel Islands National Park is home to a wide variety of nationally and internationally significant natural resources.
California may be noted for its sunshine but do not be fooled, it does get cool, especially after the sun sets, we are after all, in the desert.
www.diveglobal.com /explore_destinations/monthly_destination/march2001.asp   (1451 words)

 eScuba: Scuba article: California's Channel Islands
Of the four Northern Channel Islands, Anacapa is the closest to shore, only 11 miles (18 km) from the mainland.
This island is honeycombed with caverns and caves.
Santa Rosa, the second largest of the eight islands, was privately owned until a few years ago; now all of it is part of the Channel Islands National Park.
www.escuba.com /articles/index.asp?WCI=Article1&WCE=43   (705 words)

 L.L.Bean: Park Search - Channel Islands National Park   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
This chain of eight islands off the coast of Ventura is the habitat of blue whales, sea lions and peregrine falcons.
Island topography varies from volcanic rock to wind-swept cliffs, sandy beaches to dense kelp forests.
Channel Islands Aviation is the park's concessionaire for air travel departing from Camarillo airport to Santa Rosa Island.
www.llbean.com /parksearch/parks/html/2200gd.htm   (421 words)

 ReefNews Goes ToCalifornia's Channel Islands   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
These islands are 25 miles south of the city of Santa Barbara, separated from the California coast by the Santa Barbara channel.
The waters of the Channel Islands are an important habitat for many marine creatures.
The islands are an important breeding ground for seals and sea lions, who visit the islands beaches to raise their young, rest, and play.
www.reefnews.com /reefnews/oceangeo/californ/chnl_isl.html   (297 words)

 Southern California Channel Islands Bibliography   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Southern California Channel Islands Bibliography comprises 4035 references to the scientific literature on Southern California's Channel Islands.
The Bibliography was compiled by the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and is presented here in a February 1993 version.
California Channel Islands Bibliography at http://www.sbnature.org/library/caislands.htm, which has more recent references, overlaps considerably with this bibliography here, but this bibliography has some references not in their database.
scilib.ucsd.edu /sio/indexes/channel.html   (171 words)

 Island Eagles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Currently, we are working to remove golden eagles from the northern Channel Islands in California in cooperation with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service and the Nature Conservancy.
Unfortunately, UCLA researcher Gary Roemer has discovered that the eagles are having a severe impact on the island fox, a small endemic species of fox roughly the size of a house cat, with a separate subspecies on each island.
Because of the size of the eagles, we are able to outfit them with long-lived satellite transmitters, which allow us to remotely determine the location of each eagle, and give us a long-term look into their movements and survival.
www2.ucsc.edu /scpbrg/Island_Eagles.htm   (434 words)

 NRDC: Underwater Worlds - California's Channel Islands
Situated 25 miles off the southern California coast, the windswept Channel Islands are a haven for marine mammals, harboring 18 species of whales and dolphins and four species of seals and sea lions.
To preserve this diversity and help nearby marine ecosystems recover from years of overfishing, California officials declared 175 square miles of ocean surrounding the islands permanently off-limits to fishing.
The state's reserve policies took effect in April 2003, making the Channel Islands marine reserve the largest "no-take" area off the West Coast.
www.nrdc.org /water/oceans/worlds/page1.asp   (289 words)

 Channel Islands Scuba, Ventura, California
Established in 1988, owned and operated by Mike Dahan, Channel Islands is the oldest dive store in Ventura County.
Mike Dahan of Channel Islands Scuba on Force Fins...
Channel Islands Scuba is a Force Fin test site.
www.forcefin.com /FF_PAGES/stores/cica03.htm   (685 words)

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