Fun Fact March 19, 2020
19 March 2020
Alaska is the most Western and the most Eastern state in the U.S. It’s crazy but it’s true: Alaska is the most western state, with the Aleutian Islands stretching to the edge of the Western Hemisphere at the 180-degree line of longitude. But the islands also stretch past the 180-degree line of Longitude toward the Russian Federation into the Eastern Hemisphere. They extend in an arc southwest, then northwest, for about 1,100 miles from the tip of the Alaska Peninsula to Attu Island, Alaska. The Aleutians occupy a total area of 6,821 square miles. The archipelago consists of 14 large islands, some 55 smaller islands, and innumerable islets. Stretched across the ocean between two continents, the Aleutians are an important habitat for birds. The islands are part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, the largest refuge in the United States. The islands are also an important stopping point for migrating birds. As of 2000, there were 8,162 Alutes living on the Aleutian Islands.