The Last Frontier

Physical Features

When people think of Alaska, they might think of glaciers and mountains, but Alaska also has many fascinating volcanoes and rivers.

One of Alaska’s best-known landforms is the famous Mount McKinley. It is considered the third tallest mountain in the world. It is 20,237 feet high. This gigantic mountain is also known as Denali, which means “The Great One”.

Alaska also has many interesting volcanoes. Over 130 volcanoes have been active within the last two million years. These active volcanoes are dangerous to aircrafts flying above. There are approximately 1.7 eruptions a year.

Also, Alaska has many captivating glaciers . At Glacier Bay National Park, there are tours, sightseeing, and lots of glaciers. McBride Glacier is the only tidewater glacier, a glacier that flows all the way down to the ocean, in the East Arm. It is a great place to kayak because it attracts fewer motorized vessels and it is a very active glacier.

Another physical feature in Alaska is its beautiful rivers. One of the most famous rivers is the Yukon River. It is a major watercourse of North America. The river is 3190 kilometers long. The total area is more than 25% of Texas!

Natural Resources and Manufacturing

The humongous state has many natural resources. In Alaska, there was a gold rush in Sitka,1872. Many people still mine for gold in Alaska, in fact, the state mineral is gold. Alaskans also mine for coal. Small-scale mining began in the 1850s.

Another natural resource found in Alaska is the ocean! The ocean was very helpful to the native americans because they could catch fish and spear whales for food. Many people still fish today, the most common fish are the salmon and the halibut.

Also, there is a lot of manufacturing in Alaska. Oil is the number one product of Alaska. There are many oil refineries in Alaska, and they normally pump about 2.1 barrels a day. Alaska produces 8.1 of the American Oil Production. Also, timber is manufactured in Alaska. It is used to make houses,boats, and many other things.
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Alaska Oil Refinery

Places of Interest

Being the biggest state in the U.S.,Alaska has many tourist attractions, landmarks, and important cities and nature.

One interesting tourist attraction in Alaska is the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. This race is normally held in March, and it lasts 10-17 days.In this dog-mushing race, dog mushers come fromall over the world. The current fastest winning time record was set in 2016, this year, by Dallas Seavey, with a time of eight days, eleven hours, twenty minutes, and sixteen seconds.

Also, in Barrow, there is a famous landmark called the whalebone arch. It is two great whale jaw bones leaning together like an arched door. It was founded in 1933. Under the whalebone arch, there is a place to sit and gaze at the ocean.

Lastly, there are the famous northern lights. You can see them in Fairbanks, a city in Alaska. There are many tours of the northern lights. When charged, particles strike the Earth’s atmosphere and electrons move to a higher energy state. When the electrons drop back to a lower energy level, they release light. This creates the Aurora, or the northern lights.

National Parks

In Alaska, there are many exotic national parks. The two main parks are the Aleutian World War II National Historical Park and the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. The Aleutian World War II National Historical Park protects battlegrounds from when the Aleutian people fought for 8,000 years. In 1996, the U.S. Congress designated this area a National Historical Park as a way of educating future generations about the history of the Aleut people, and the role that the Aleutian Islands played in WWII. Also, the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is an interesting area to visit. In 1896, gold was found in Nome, Alaska, and many people rushed to Alaska hoping to strike it rich! This National Park protects boomtowns,trails, and buildings of the Klondike Gold Rush era
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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Alaska State Trivia

  • State animal- moose

  • Mineral- gold

  • Motto- “North to the Future”
  • Alaska officially became the 49th state on January 3, 1959

  • Alaska is the biggest state, more than two times the size of Texas

  • Jade is the official gemstone

  • Coastline extends over 6,000 miles

  • Alaska has roughly 5,000 earthquakes a year

  • World record 19 pound carrot, 76 pound rutabaga, 127 pound cabbage

  • Abbreviation- AK, Capital- Juneau

About the Author- Maggie Paino

One of my favorite things to do is to play soccer. As of right now, I am on CDA Slammers. I love my family, they are always so supportive and I can always count on them. I love Jesus, and I try to pray every day. I am so excited for summer!!! I chose this state because it is going to be fun to research because not only is it the biggest state, but it is a beautiful state as well. I hope you enjoyed learning about Alaska as much as I did!