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North America: Fact at a Glance

27-JAN-2016 17:58

    North America is a continent entirely within the Northern Hemisphere and almost all within the Western Hemisphere. It can also be considered a northern subcontinent of the Americas. It is bordered to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the east by the Atlantic Ocean, to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, and to the southeast by South America and the Caribbean Sea.

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    Longest Coastline

    Canada's coastline (including the coastline of the 52,455 Islands)

    Major Island

    Greenland

    Important Mountains

    Mt. McKinley, Mt. Logan, Mt. Alias, Rocky Range

    Major Rivers

    Mississippi(Other Important Rivers: Mississippi-Missouri, Mackenzie, St Lawrence)

    Major Lakes

    Superior, Canada and USA

    Largest Agglomeration

    New York (includes Newark, Paterson)

    Highest Point

    Mt McKinley in Alaska, 20,322ft (6,194m)

    Lowest Point

    Death Valley in California, -282 ft (-86m) below sea level 

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