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    • Alaska is the largest of the U.S. states; how much of the total land area of the United States does it represent? Answer: one-fifth. One-fifth of U.S. land is found in Alaska.
    • Can you remember Alaska's state flower? Answer: forget-me-not. Alaska isn't always snowy and frozen. The wild forget-me-not grows profusely throughout Alaska during the summer.
    • Could you just get in your car and drive to Juneau, Alaska's capital, from another part of the state? Answer: No. Juneau has no road access to the rest of the state but there are automobile ferries to the city.
    • What is Alaska's state mineral? Answer: gold. No doubt about it, gold in Alaska got a lot of people interested in the territory. Gold was found by Joe Juneau and his partner Richard Harris in what would become the town of Juneau, later the state capital.
  2. Sep 5, 2023 · About the map In terms of administrative boundaries, Alaska is completely unique because it doesn’t have counties. Instead, it consists of boroughs, census areas, cities, and municipalities. Because land is so large and the population is sparse, boroughs act with an organized area-wide government.

  3. Sep 2, 2023 · Louisiana is the only U.S. state that is divided into parishes rather than counties. Alaska is divided into boroughs and census areas. The other48 states are divided into counties. This...

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    1. Alaska is home to 17 of North America’s tallest mountains.

    Of the 20 highest peaks in the U.S., 17 are in Alaska, including the highest peak in North America (20,320 feet above sea level), Denali. According to a National Park Service article, nine Alaska Native groups and five Athabaskan languages have had unique names for Denalithat all translate to some form of “The Great One” or “The Tall One.”

    2. Alaska has more than 100 volcanoes and volcanic fields.

    Alaska contains more than volcanoes and volcanic fields than any other state in the U.S.Don’t worry, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska volcanoes have produced one or two eruptions since 1900.

    3. There are more than 3,000 rivers and 3 million lakes in Alaska.

    Whether you like to kayak on peaceful waters or hit the rapids in a raft, Alaska has it all.

    26. Fairbanks experiences low temperatures.

    The average high temperature for Fairbanks in the month of January is 1 degree, the average low is 17 degrees below zero. Don’t be afraid of the cold, with plenty of layersyou’ll be fine for a few hours hunting the northern lights.

    27. Alaska has pleasant summers.

    The highest temperature recorded in Alaska was 100 degrees in Fort Yukon in 1915. If the cold January temperatures in Fairbanks aren’t for you, plan your interior Alaska vacation during the summertime to enjoy warmer temperatures.

    28. Alaska has the lowest temperature recorded in the U.S.

    The lowest temperature recorded in Alaska was -80 degrees at Prospect Creek Camp in 1971.

    29. Alaska has Gold Rush history.

    Some say that during the Klondike Gold Rushin 1897, potatoes were so highly valued for their vitamin C content that miners traded gold for them. Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of access to vitamin C-rich foods now so if you try your hand at panning for gold you won’t have to trade it away for potatoes.

    30. Alaska has World War II history.

    The only battle during World War II that was fought on American soil took place in 1943 after the Japanese invaded the Aleutian Islands. The Battel of Attulasted from May 11 to May 30.

    31. Alaska was reached by outsiders in 1741.

    Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen Bering sighted it on a voyage from Siberia. Russians hunters began traveling to the state and the first official Russian colony was founded on Kodiak Island in 1784.

    42. Alaska does not have a state sales tax.

    Alaska is the only state that does not collect state sales tax or levy an individual income tax (some cities have sales tax, however).

    43. Seafood is big business.

    According to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute, seafood is the economic foundation of many rural communities where more than 21,200 residents or 15% of all rural working-aged were directly employed by the industry.

    44. Alaska has the most commercial fisheries in the U.S.

    Five species of salmon, four species of crab, cod, shrimp, halibut and more are harvested in Alaska.

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