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#11 Writersblock

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 08:37 PM

All 50: This one I knew

Alaska is the Westernmost, Northernmost and Easternmost state. Hawaii is the Southernmost.

48: These I had to look up to be sure. I was wrong on northernmost.

Northernmost is Minnasota, which has a little part that extends beyond the 49th parallel.
Westernmost is Washington State with the Olympic Penninsula
Easternmost is easily Maine.
Southermost goes to Florida and the sunny keys.
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 08:50 PM

My guesses for all states[spoiler][list]
[*]Southermost: Hawaii[/*:m:bb7e5]
[*]Easternmost: Alaska[/*:m:bb7e5]
[*]Westernmost: Alaska[/*:m:bb7e5][list]

My guesses for the 48 contiguous states[spoiler][list]
[*]Southermost: Florida[/*:m:bb7e5]
[*]Easternmost: Maine[/*:m:bb7e5]
[*]Westernmost: Washington[/*:m:bb7e5][list]


Hmm, guesses or googles?
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#13 bonanova

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Posted 04 September 2007 - 09:35 PM

Martini contributed why the question is a brain teaser, and
Writersblock and cpotting contributed the states.

Let's tease the brain a bit more ....

E-most and W-most were stipulated as meaning Geographically,
referring to the 180th meridian, which cuts through the Aleutian Islands;
and, in the 2nd question, contiguous 48 states excluded AK and HI.

Now ... would the answers change for ...

[1] US defined as continental US - or -
[2] including US territories - or -
[3] E-most and W-most defined as earliest and latest sunrises?

If any of the results change, what would be the reason?
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 09:36 PM

Hmm, guesses or googles?



Neither, just pretty good with geography. Friends sometimes laugh at me because I'll sit and read an atlas like others would read a book. Just always liked maps.

Here's a challenge for everyone: get a piece of paper and start writing out the names of all the countries you can think of (they must be independent sovereign states, not territories or protectorates). I managed to get 173 off the top of my head (though I must admit I was embarrassed to realise that I had missed 3 European countries - I knew them, but I just forgot to add them).

You can check you answers against this <page>. Only the bold non-italic entries on this page count. There are 194 listed.
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Posted 04 September 2007 - 10:10 PM

Now ... would the answers change for ...

[1] US defined as continental US - or -


North: Alaska
South: Florida
East: Maine
West: Alaska

[2] including US territories - or -


North: Alaska
South: U.S. Samoa (assuming Antarctic bases don't count)
East: Alaska (still stretches further "east" than it's closest rival - Wake Island.
West: Alaska

[3] E-most and W-most defined as earliest and latest sunrises?


North: Alaska
South: Hawaii/Florida/U.S. Samoa - you did not elaborate on what constitutes the US in this case.
East: Alaska.
If you mean the earliest sunrise on a particular date, it would be Wake Island (assuming the broader sense of what is the U.S.). Though the well-known, but rare Alaskan Snow Rooster, in the Rat Islands, will crow before the Wake Island Sand Rooster crows, the Snow Rooster is actually crowing for the start of the day that the Sand Rooster crowed for 24 hours before.
West: Alaska
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Posted 05 September 2007 - 08:49 AM

What changes?

[1] Continental US
This eliminates the Aleutian Islands - not part of the mainland - so that those A.I. to the "left" of 180th meridian are no longer the Easternmost point. That would now be W Quoddy Head, ME.

The Westernmost point moves from the A.I. to the mainland at Cape of Prince Wales, but still in Alaska.

Southernmost point changes from HawaiI [50 states] or from Key West [contiguous 48 states] to Cape Sable, but still in FL.

[2] Earliest / Latest sunrise
This changes the demarcation line from the 180th meridian to the International Date Line. The difference is that whereas 180 is a straight line, the IDL has some zigs and zags that place all of the A.I. to its east; again, this changes the Easternmost point.

For continental US - W Quoddy Head, ME

[3] Including US TerritoriesFor the IDL demarcation, the Easternmost point moves to Wake Island, the Westernmost point becomes Guam, and the Southernmost point moves to American Samoa.
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