Did You Know? – American Geographical Oddities

By | Mar 29, 2010

On March 29, 1848 Niagara Falls stopped. For thirty hours the water of the falls ran at a trickle then just as suddenly as they stopped they started again. High winds caused the ice fields of Lake Erie to move the millions of tons of ice towards the source of the river. The ice blocked the channel until a change in the forces of nature allowed the water to flow again.

Cecil County, Maryland located at the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay is the only county that has both an eastern and a western border on the Chesapeake Bay.

Even though Los Angeles is only a few miles from the Pacific Ocean and the State of Nevada is East of California, The City of Reno, Nevada is actually further west than Los Angeles. Nevada’s western border angles east as does Southern California.

The Four Corner point where the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet, the only such point, is located within the Navajo Nation and Ute Mountain Tribal Lands. The point is marked by the Four Corner Monument at 36° 59′ 56.32″ N, 109° 2′ 42.62″ W.

The state of California has both the lowest point, Death Valley at 281 feet below sea level and highest point, Mount Whitney at 14,505 feet in the contiguous United States. Mount McKinley in Alaska at 20,320 feet is the highest point in the United States.

The Statue of Liberty sits on Liberty Island (formally Bedloe’s Island) which lies in the New Jersey waters of the New York Bay. However due to an agreement between New Jersey and New York dating from 1664 and reaffirmed in 1834 as part of the charter that created New Jersey, it is located in New York. The island in total is controlled and managed by the United States Park Service.


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