Posted on March 15, 2016
Maine is very special – in bunches of ways.
It is the easternmost state in the United States.
And it's the northernmost, too, right?
Maine looks, on some maps at least, like it is the northernmost of the 48 contiguous states (the states that touch—so, all the states other than Alaska and Hawaii), but it is only the sixth northernmost of the lower 68; Minnesota is #1, followed by North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, and Washington! And the following nations in Europe that are completely or mostly farther north than Maine include: Ireland, the U.K., Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Russia!
Maine is the only state that borders on only one other state.
One of the islands off the coast of Maine, Machias Seal Island, is claimed by both the U.S. and Canada – the only disputed area that contains land!
Machias Seal Island is apparently a puffin paradise!
The largest tidal whirlpool in the Western Hemisphere, the Old Sow, is also off the coast of Maine.
Apparently it makes sucking noises.
Maine has miles and miles of beautiful jagged, rocky coastline. Its landscape is considered a “drowned coast,” because over the centuries and millennia, rising sea levels have invaded land features. What used to be valleys have become bays, and what used to be mountain tops became islands.
It is the least densely populated U.S. state east of the Mississippi River. That's partly because it is so heavily forested (83% of the land is covered by forests) that some large tracts of land are uninhabited – and are not even organized into political units such as counties or boroughs.
On this date in 1820, Maine became the 23rd state in the U.S.
Thanks to those rocky coasts, those colorful forests, and the many lakes and rivers, Maine is pretty darn gorgeous!
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