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Bering Strait

Satellite photo of the Bering Strait
[ A US-based webcam] providing a view across the Bering Strait
Nautical chart of the Bering Strait
The Peters map is parted in the Bering Strait. [ *] On other maps a part of Russia is shown left of Alaska.

The Bering Strait (, Beringov proliv ), known to natives as Imakpik , is a sea [strait] between [Cape Dezhnev] , [Chukotka Autonomous Okrug] , Russia, the easternmost point (169°43' W) of the [Asia] n continent and [Cape Prince of Wales] , [Alaska] , USA the westernmost point (168°05' W) of the North American continent, with [latitude] of about 65° 40' north, slightly south of the [polar circle] .

The Bering Strait has been the subject of scientific speculation that humans migrated from Asia to North America across a [land bridge] at a time when lower ocean levels - perhaps a result of glaciers locking up vast amounts of water - exposed a ridge beneath the ocean. This would have allowed humans to walk from Siberia to Alaska, thus populating North and South America.

Geography and science
The Bering Strait is approximately wide, with an average depth of . It connects the [Chukchi Sea] (part of the [Arctic Ocean] ) to the north with the [Bering Sea] (part of the [Pacific Ocean] ) to the south. Although the Cossack [Semyon Dezhnev] passed by the strait in 1648, it is named after [Vitus Bering] , a [Danish] -born [Russian] explorer who crossed the strait in 1728. Although considered incorrect spelling today the area is often found spelled as "Behring Strait" in some older texts.

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