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Channel Islands, California, 1997

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"The [Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary] extends from the high tidemark of five islands—San Miguel, Santa Cruz, Santa Rosa, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara—to six miles (9.7 kilometers) off their shores, taking in 1,658 square miles (2,668 kilometers) of Pacific Ocean."

(Text adapted from and photograph shot on assignment for, but not published in "Blue Refuges: U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries," March, 1998 National Geographic magazine)

Photograph by Sisse Brimberg

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