Some major landforms in Alaska include Mount McKinley, the Kenai Peninsula, the Aleutian Islands and part of the Rocky Mountains. The geographical regions that cover Alaska include the Alaska Mountain Range, the Inside Passage, the Arctic Coastal Plain, the North Slope and the Brooks Mountain Range.Continue Reading
The Brooks Range is the northern most mountain range in Alaska. It runs for 720 miles across the state from its coast to its border with Canada. The Alaska Range includes Mount McKinley, which is also the highest point in North America with an elevation of 20,320 feet. Other mountains include the Chugach Mountains, the St. Elias Mountains, the Wrangell Mountains, the Coast Mountains, the Kenai Mountains and the Kuskokwim Mountains.
The Aleutian Islands off the west coast of Alaska are a chain of over 70 separate islands, including 14 composed of active volcanoes. The Aleutian Islands cross the International Date Line, making them both the furthest eastern and western points of the United States. Kodiak Island is also considered part of Alaska.
Alaska is home to several glaciers, including the Bering Glacier and the glaciers located in Glacier Bay National Park. The part of the state located between the Pacific Ocean and the province of British Columbia is known as the Alaska Panhandle.Learn more about Alaska
As of October 1986, it is not possible to homestead in Alaska on federal land, notes BLM.gov. For 88 years prior to that time, homesteads were available to residents. The process involved steps such as filling out a claim at a Lands Office, meeting certain government criteria and receiving a document called a land patent from the United States government.Full Answer >
Alaska is famous for its scenic parks, a gold rush and rugged mountains, such as Mt. McKinley and Mt. Katmai. Mt. McKinley is the highest peak in North America with its summit elevation of 20,320 feet. Mt. Katmai, a large stratovolcano, is known for its volcanic eruption in 1912, which was the largest volcanic eruption in the 20th century.Full Answer >
In the parts of Alaska above the Arctic Circle, it is dark 24 hours per day for about 67 days during winter. Conversely, it does not get dark for about 80 days during the summer in the same area, a phenomenon known as the "Midnight Sun."Full Answer >
Alaska does get dark. Starting on the winter solstice on December 21, the shortest day of the year, the city of Barrow has complete darkness for a total of 67 days. Juneau, Anchorage and Fairbanks get between about four and six hours of daylight on the winter solstice.Full Answer >