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Extreme East

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Hidden : 06/12/2006
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Please bring a Pencil or Pen. Check the compass near the parking lot and it's a short hike.

This is a small cache hidden to give visitors to St John's a little extra reason to visit this unique area a short drive away. Please bring your own pencil. Located minutes from downtown Cape Spear is the most easterly point of Canada. Cape Spear offers visitors an excellent viewpoint of icebergs, whales, birds and other wildlife. With its rich maritime history and geographical significance, Cape Spear is a 'must see' for any Canadian traveler. It is the location of the first unmaned lighthouse in one of the most Easterly points of the Western world, a must see for any tourists. Please bring your own pen or pencil. Welcome to the Edge of Canada!!

Actual most easternly North American point is often cited as Semisopochnoi Island (Russian: Семисопочный – "having seven hills"; Aleut: Unyax is part of the Rat Islands group in the western Aleutian Islands of Alaska. The island is uninhabited and provides an important nesting area for maritime birds. The island is of volcanic origin, containing several volcanoes including Mount Cerberus. It has a land area of 85.558 square miles (221.59 km)), measuring 18 kilometres (11 mi) in length and 20 kilometres (12 mi) in width. At 179°46'' East (in the Eastern Hemisphere), the easternmost tip of Semisopochnoi is, by longitude, the easternmost land location in the United States and North America. Semisopochnoi sits only 14 minutes west of the 180tth meridian.

The other contenders for the title of easternmost North America location are Nordost Rundingen, Greenland at 12°08'' West and Cape Spear, Newfoundland, Canada at 52°37'' West -- which, along with Semisopochnoi are all island locations. Cape St. Charles at 55° 37'' West on the Labrador Peninsula is the easternmost point of mainland North America. Cape Spear is the easternmost location relative to the geographic center of North America if Greenland is excluded because it is not politically part of North America. For this and other reasons, Cape Spear is traditionally considered to be the easternmost location in North America.

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