The Aleutian island of Unga holds an ancient petrified forest and a more recent ghost town that was the site of a small gold rush in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The village was eventually abandoned in the 1960’s and now has a somewhat somber appearance. Many of the houses have collapsed and are overgrown with brilliant fuchsia fireweed wildflowers. From a distance the church looks intact, but up closer it is apparent that the roof is standing on the ground, and the walls have completely collapsed. View more
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Be guided by your Expedition team through Unga, the largest of the 20 Shumagin Islands. Step ashore to view a ghost town and the petrified remains of a metasequoia forest that existed some 25-million years ago. The ghost town is a site of the lucrative Apollo Gold Mine that was operated at the turn of the last century. While being guided through the island, enjoy wildlife attractions such as Bald Egales, foxes and otters while on the beaches look out for the Stellar sea lion andpelagic birds that are abundant.
Embark on your Zodiac cruise where you will see the petrified logs and stumps along the shores of Unga Island. These are remnants of a sequoia or metasequoia forest buried as a result of volcanic activity in the Tertiary Period. This site is part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge.