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Homemade boat nearly through NW Passage

YELLOWKNIFE, Northwest Territories, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- A Russian crew aboard a boat made with bamboo, rope and duct tape has nearly completed its journey through Canada's Northwest Passage, a crew member said.

Survey of arctic routes seen as critical

WASHINGTON, July 22 (UPI) -- A warming arctic climate could open up faster and more efficient sea travel routes but bring a risk of maritime "traffic jams," experts say.

Shipping companies eye NW Passage

BREMEN, Germany, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Shipping companies want to send ships through the Arctic's Northwest and Northeast Passages now that they're free from ice, a German newspaper said.

Russian tycoon has no Alaska tunnel plan

LONDON, March 28 (UPI) -- Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire who owns the Chelsea Football Club in Britain, denies any plans to dig a tunnel under the Bering Strait.

Lice from Peru provide clues to migration

GAINESVILLE, Fla., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Scientists say lice from Peruvian mummies provide clues to the migration of humans from Asia to the Americas.

Beautiful swans cause ugly ecological harm

HARTFORD, Conn., Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The Connecticut Audubon Society's plan to target some of the state's mute swans for removal has erupted into a loud controversy.

North, South American genetics studied

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 27 (UPI) -- An international team of scientists has found genetic evidence the first humans on both the North and South American continents came from eastern Siberia.

Skinny gray whales swim Pacific Coast

SAN SIMEON, Calif., July 6 (UPI) -- An unusually high number of skinny gray whales are being seen from Mexico to the Pacific Northwest, it was reported Friday.

Russia floats tunnel to U.S. idea

MOSCOW, April 20 (UPI) -- Russia has unveiled a plan for a 64-mile tunnel under the Bering Strait to link it with North America at a cost of more than $1 billion per mile.

Chinese swimmers conquer Cook Strait

WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Two Chinese university students have swum across Cook Strait, the 17-mile stretch of water between the north and south islands of New Zealand.

Kamchatka Peninsula not on U.S. mainland

SEATTLE, May 2 (UPI) -- U.S. research has rejected the belief held by scientists that the Kamchatka Peninsula on Russia's east coast is part of the U.S. mainland.

Russia interrupts 'round-the-world walk

LAVRENTIYA, Russia, April 14 (UPI) -- A British explorer and former paratrooper on a 12-year mission to walk around the world is about to be expelled from Russia.

Two arrested after crossing Bering Strait

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, April 5 (UPI) -- Two trekkers made a rare crossing on foot from Alaska to Russia but instead of getting a hero's welcome, they were arrested.

Global trekking Briton arrested in Russia

MOSCOW, April 5 (UPI) -- Russian authorities have detained a former British paratrooper who crossed into Russia from Alaska while on a global trekking journey.
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Bering Strait
Mrs. Hak Ja Han Moon, a president of Universal Peace Fedration, speaks at the inaugural convention in Chiba, Japan on Oct 14, 2005.She proposed that a bridge be built across the Bering Strait in her inaugural address. (UPI Photo/Keizo Mori)
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Coordinates: 66°0′N 169°0′W / 66°N 169°W / 66; -169

The Bering Strait (Russian: Берингов пролив, 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 Asian 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'N, slightly south of the polar circle. The present US-Russia boundary in the strait, agreed to only by the USA, is 168°58'37"W. The name of this sea is sometimes spelled Behring in older books.

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 (see History of the Americas).

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