California Farallon Islands

The Farallon Islands are a group of rugged small islands over 20 miles (32 km) offshore from the city of San Francisco. They consist of over twenty small islets divided into north, south and middle sections, as well as a major bank, Fanny Shoal. The surrounding waters were once used as a disposal site for radioactive waste.

Southeast Farallon is the largest of the Farallons, covering 0.19 square miles. It is the only inhabited Farallon Island, and is also the site of Farallon Island Light.

Maintop Island --West of Southeast Farallon Island, and has a maximum height of 223 feet.

Drunk Uncle Islets Group of small islets north of Maintop Island.

Aulone Island and Great Arch Rock -- Aulon Island North of Southeast Farallon Island, measuring 200 feet wide and 400 feet long.

Sugarloaf Island -- Directly to the northeast of Aulone and Great Arch Rock, about 80 feet high.

Sea Lion Rock -- Small islet northwest of Aulon Island, about 130 feet long.

Middle Farallon Island -- Medium-sized islet 1.8 miles northwest of Southeast Farallon Island. It is 210 feet long and has an area of 0.8 acres.

North Farallon Island -- Medium-sized islet 500 feet long and 100 feet high, covering 2 acres.

Island of St. James -- Medium-sized islet 3 acres in size, measuring 410 feet long and 154 feet high.


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