|Skills used||Latitude & Longitude|
|Using scale to measure distance|
|Materials Needed||Globe in Horizon Ring Mounting|
|On December 7, 1941 the country of Japan launched a surprise bombing
attack on the US Naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. As a result of this
attack, the United States officially entered World War II.
|On your globe, find and circle the Kuril Islands. These islands once
belonged to the nation of Japan and they are located at 45N/150E. In
late November of 1941, a Japanese naval force that included six aircraft
carriers left the Kuril Islands for the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor,
which is located on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. The Island of Oahu is
located at 22N/158W. Circle Oahu on your globe.
|Place a small "X" in the Pacific Ocean at 26N/157W. This is the
approximate site from which the Japanese carriers launched their attack
aircraft. How far had the Japanese force traveled from their bases in
the Kuril Islands to the launch site? (1.) __________________________
How far from Pearl Harbor, and in what direction, were the aircraft
carriers when they launched their aircraft?
|Study the location of the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Why
do you think the Americans might have felt so safe from surprise attacks
in this location? (3.) ________________
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