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Diomede Islands at the Bering Strait: looking south to the Pacific (July).  

 The Bering Strait

The Bering Strait Crossing
A 21st century frontier between East and West
James A. Oliver

Author of A Footprint in the Sand

The epic story of how the "End of the World" was discovered.
- at the East-West Intercontinental Divide.

The Strait of Anian - the Northwest Passage. . .
By chance and geography, the Bering Strait: among the greatest adventures of all time,
from the Ice Age, the Cold War era, and beyond. . .

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Pliny the Elder (AD 23-79) speculated on the existence of a giant promontorium or Tabin at the end of the world . . . "The Strait of Ania" - the Spanish name for the elusive Northwest Passage - appears on Mercator's map of the Polar Regions (1595)The legendary Strait of Anian turned out to be the Intercontinental Divide - created by the extremities of North America (Alaska) and Eurasia (Chukotka Peninsula (this detail from Capt. Cook's map)In 1648, Semen Dezhnev - in search of the mythical  "Pogycha River" was the first European to pass through the strait - but his achievement was lost to the archivesThe strait is named for Vitus Bering, a Danish sea captain in the service of Russia, who passed through the strait - and back again - in 1728Captain Cook's Third Voyage (1776-1780) charted the strait, and named it for BeringWilliam Gilpin proposed a Bering rail crossing as early as 1846E. H. Harriman visited the region during his steamship Expedition of 1899In 1902, Harry de Windt (a British explorer) crossed the strait to demonstrate the feasibilty a London-New York rail routeBaron Loicq de Lobel, of the French Geographical Society, promoted the concept of a Bering rail-tunnel crossing during the decade 1896-1906The Globe's Crossroads - between North America and Eurasia - and Pacific and Arctic Oceans (JPL/NASA)

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Bering StraitI Land Bridge (History) I  BSSD  Bering Strait webcam I Bering Strait Climate (NOAA) I Bering Sea Forum I   BSNC I Chronology I Diomede Islands cam 
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