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Bering Strait Clear of Ice as Summer Begins in the Northern Hemisphere

65.7N 167.8W

June 30th, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Bering Strait - June 24th, 2009

Bering Strait - June 24th, 2009

The Bering Strait, approximately 53 miles (85 km) wide, separates Russia’s Chukotka Autonomous Okrug from Alaska, USA. It connects the Arctic and Pacific Oceans by joining the Chukchi Sea (part of the former) and the Bering Sea (part of the latter).

Much of the snow that was covering the Russian and Alaskan terrain about six weeks ago (click here for previous article) has melted. Also, the strait is now clear of icebergs from melting sea ice.

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.