The Bering Sea or Imarpik Sea is a body of water in the far northern Pacific Ocean covering over two million square kilometres. It is bordered to the north and east by Alaska, to the west by Siberia in Russia, and to the south by the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Islands. The sea is named for its discoverer, the Danish navigator Vitus Bering.
During the most recent ice age, the sea level was at a low enough level to allow humans and other animals to migrate from Asia to North America on foot across what is now the Bering Strait, located on the northern side of the sea. This is commonly referred to as the "Bering land bridge" and is believed to be the first entry of humans into the Americas.
Islands of the Bering Sea include:
- North Pacific Ocean theme page http://www.pmel.noaa.gov/np/
- Bering Sea Climate and Ecosystem http://www.beringclimate.noaa.gov/
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