April 4, 2010

Getting to know Alaska

-Purchase of Alaska: Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million

-Tallest Mountain in North America: Mount McKinley at 20,320 feet

-Alaska is larger than the next four largest states combined

-Alaska contains 17 of the 20 highest peaks in The United States

-Alaska is only 50 miles from Russia.

-Kodiak Island is the 2nd largest island in the United States

-Alaska is 586,400 square miles...very big!

-We are 2 times the size of Texas!!

-Alaska has 57 volcanoes

-Alaska is 1,400 miles North to South and 2,700 miles East to West

-Alaska has 33,000 miles of coastline...more than the rest of the lower 48 combined (This includes island shores)

-Alaska is the only state to have coastlines on three different seas... Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea

-There are more than three million lakes in Alaska

-Alaska has an estimated 100,000 glaciers which cover almost five percent of the state....More than in the rest of the inhabited world
-Alaska residents receive the PFD (Permanent Fund Dividend) annually from royalty money from the oil industry. The PFD has ranged from $500-$1300 dollars.
-Juneau, our Capital city, is only accessible by plane or boat.

Things to Do in Alaska:
Fish, hunt, bike, camp, backpack, sight seeing, rafting, snowmaching, 4-wheeling, skiing, skijoring, snowboarding, photography, canoeing, festivals, gold panning, dog sledding, cruising... and much, much more!

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