If you placed Alaska, with all of its islands, on top of the “lower 48” US states, it would span from the Great Lakes and Canada to Texas, North to South and all the way from Florida to California, East to West. Yessiree, she's a big'n!
Think your state is big?
At 591,000 square miles, Alaska is not just larger than Texas, not just larger than California, but larger than Texas, California and Montana combined.
How long is your coast?
The coastline of Alaska is longer than the both coastlines of the continental US put together.
Alaska has 3 million lakes. Yes, we said three million . . . 3,000,000 lakes.
And by the way, some of our lakes are as big as your state!
Alaska's largest lake, Lake Iliamna, is the size of the state of Connecticut.
Just a hop, skip and a jump
Alaska’s mainland is only 51 miles away from Russia.
Now these are mountains.
Of the 20 highest mountains in all of North America, 17 are in Alaska. At 20,320 feet, Mt. McKinley is the highest mountain on the continent.
Even Alaska's produce is big
No need of genetic engineering 'round here, with such long summer daylight hours, giant vegetables are a seasonal affair in Alaska. This includes a world record 125.9 pound cabbage grown in 2009.
Now that's a deal
The united States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7 million dollars.
Just 2 cents per acre.
Just 2 cents per acre.
Hello out there!
At 800 miles long, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline is actually visible from space.
Our critters know how to adapt!
The pheasant-like willow ptarmigan is Alaska's state bird. This bird changes color from light brown in summer to snow white in winter.
The 49th US State
Alaska became the 49th US state on January 3, 1959, right before Hawaii became the 50th state in the same year.
Rich in Heritage
Many of Alaska’s 698,473 people live in modern cities, and many live in small remote villages where their families have lived for thousands of years.
Adopted in 1972, Dog Mushing is Alaska's state sport.
The Forget-Me-Not, which grows well throughout Alaska, is the state flower.
In 1998, the Governor of Alaska named the moose as the official state land mammal. (Sorry, people.)
How'd they get sooooo big?
West Coast US King Salmon stay in the saltwater of the Pacific Ocean for 3-4 years before swimming upstream in fresh waters to spawn. The giant Kenai king salmon found in Alaska stays in the Pacific Ocean's saltwater for 5-7 years before doing the same.
“North to the Future”
Alaska's State Motto
"The Last Frontier"
Alaska State Nickname
The name Alaska is derived from the Aleut word "Alyeska," meaning . . .
"great land” . . .
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