Maine: An Encyclopedia
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Major Water Drainage Basins

Major Water Drainage Basins

Maine has varied geographic features, from its coast to its lakes, to its mountains and streams. It has 73 rivers longer than 20 miles and countless other rivers and streams. More than 700 mountains reach over 1,000 feet.

The state’s land area is 30,843 square miles.

The straight-line measure of the coast is approximately 250 miles, but, depending on how close one measures each curve, the coastline itself exceeds 2,500 miles.

At its extremities, Maine’s northern most point is in the unorganized townships of T20 R11 and T20 R12 WELS at 47º27’33” north latitude; its southernmost is on Cedar Island in the Isles of Shoals at 42º58’40” north latitude.

This amounts to about 310 miles, north to south.

In the east, the farthest point is in Lubec at 66º56’48” west longitude; the westerly most point is in the town of Lebanon at 71º06’41” west longitude. However, from West Quoddy Head in Lubec (at 66º57’02” west longitude, and 44º48’54” north latitude) to the New Hampshire border(at the same latitude and at 70º03’00” west longitude) the distance is about 152 miles east to west.

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