Alaska's major products include livestock, oil, timber and fish. Oil and seafood make up a majority of Alaska's economy.Continue Reading
Almost 85 percent of Alaska's state budget is funded by oil and each year, close to 6 million pounds of seafood is harvested from Alaskan waters. The state is the number one producer of wild salmon in the world.
Alaska's land is also rich with fold, silver, crushed stone, zinc, lead and gravel, which all contribute to the Alaskan economy.
Due to the state's harsh climate, many food products cannot be grown or produced in the state. However, Alaska produces large amounts of dairy products as well as cattle, hogs, sheep, chickens and lambs.Learn more about Alaska
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 >
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 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 >
Alaska became a state in 1959, and the state capital is Juneau. As the largest state in the United States, Alaska is approximately one-fifth the size of the continental United States. The state is home to many of the tallest mountains in the United States. Denali, the tallest mountain in Alaska, is over 20,000 feet above sea level. Glaciers cover 5 percent of Alaska, and the state has more glaciers and ice fields than the rest of the world combined.Full Answer >