Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Alaska’s Width

Until today I was not aware that Alaska is as wide as the lower 48 states, extending from San Francisco to Jacksonville, Florida. A colleague’s office has a map similar to this one, which illustrates the point.

It’s easy to forget the Aleutian Islands’ 1,200 miles of westward reach, as well as the eastward span of the Alaska Panhandle.

[A larger version of the map is here. Thanks to Doug L. for the inspiration.]

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