The meaning of 62 miles


The Kármán Line marks the boundary between the Earth’s atmosphere and outer space, at sixty-two miles above sea level. Sixty-two miles is also the distance, as the crow flies, from Mount Diablo to the Farallon Islands. On a clear day, mountain and islands are visible from each other. A native Ohlone/Costanoan name for Mount Diablo was Tuyshtak, meaning “at the dawn of time,” and the Coast Miwok Indians called the Farallons “islands of the dead.”

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