Diomede Village, Little Diomede Island

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Diomede is a village located on the northwest coast of Little Diomede Island in the strait between the Bering Sea and the Chukchi Sea, Alaska.

The two Diomede Islands lie in the Bering Strait, 25 miles (40 km) northwest of Cape Prince of Wales, at the west end of the Seward Peninsula. Big Diomede Island is in Russia and Little Diomede Island is in the U.S.. These islands presumably were first discovered by the Danish explorer Vitus Bering, who was in the service of the Imperial Russian Navy, on August 16, 1728. He named the islands for Saint Diomede, for the day of discovery. They were later called "Gvozdev Islands" by the Russians for Michael Gvozdev, a surveyor who explored the Bering Strait in 1730. The international boundary between the U.S. and Russia passes between Big Diomede and Little Diomede Islands.

Little Diomede is the smaller of the two islands, and Big Diomede is less than 2.4 miles (3.9 km) away. The village of Diomede is the only settlement on Little Diomede Island. The population in 2010 was 115. Big Diomede is uninhabited except for a Russian military installation. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Little Diomede Island.


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