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YESTERDAY, WE were visiting the troubled Hormuz Strait in the Middle East. Today, we explore two other straits, Gibraltar and Bering, and find that the only hassles in these two concern airliner landings and what day it is.
The Strait of Gibraltar is the Mediterranean’s gateway to the Atlantic Ocean. According to Wikipedia, its 7.7-mile naval choke point handles “half of the world’s seaborne trade.”
Gib is a British Overseas Territory, like Bermuda and the British Virgin Islands, to name two others. More than once, inhabitants of this 2.6-sq.-mile enclave have voted whether to remain or join the rest of the Iberian Peninsula. In sort of a Counter-Brexit, they opt to remain.
“Gibraltar News” here at SimanaitisSays offered tidbits of its airborne complication, though nothing as drastic as the seaborne Hormuz matter: Occasionally, Spanish authorities require Gib air traffic to keep out of Spanish air space. And, once through this rigamarole, pilots and Gib street-goers contend with an airport runway bisecting Winston Churchill Avenue. Planes get priority over cars.
The Bering Strait was important in North American immigration, especially when considered in the long term. Once thought to be a land bridge between Asia and the Americas, the Bering Strait separates Russia and Alaska at a point slightly south of the Arctic Circle.
The 58.5-mile strait separates Cape Dezhnev, Chunga Peninsula, Russia, from Cape Prince of Wales, Alaska. The latter, according to Wikipedia, is the westernmost point of the North American continent.
There’s an Aleutian Island farther west, making it the westernmost point of the U.S., albeit not of the continent per se.
By the way, Alaska has the easternmost point of the U.S. as well: Another of its Aleutians crosses the 180-Degree Meridian into the Eastern Hemisphere.
Unlike the meridian, the International Date Line jags around a bit. Despite the fact that residents on respective sides of the Bering Strait are a day apart (the Russians are already tomorrow), these sparse populations get along pretty well.
Which is more than can be said for those Hormuz folks, even though they’re on the same day. ds
© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2019