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The Bering Strait between Russia and the USA

May 14th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Bering Strait - May 11th, 2009

Bering Strait - May 11th, 2009

The Bering Strait is a sea strait between Cape Dezhnev in Russia‘s Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, the easternmost point of the Asian continent, and Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska, USA, the westernmost point of the North American continent.

Here, the land on the Russian side is still mostly covered by snow, while that on the Alaskan side is beginning to thaw further inland.

The Bering Strait is approximately 53 miles (85 km) wide, with an average depth of 30–50 meters (98–160 ft). It connects the Chukchi Sea (part of the Arctic Ocean) in the north with the Bering Sea (part of the Pacific Ocean) in the south.

Icebergs from melting sea ice can be seen floating in the waters in and around the strait. With a latitude of about 65° 40′ north, the strait lies slightly south of the polar circle.

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