The state of Alaska is located in the North Pacific region of the world. It is on the North American continent and is considered part of the northwestern region of the United States.Continue Reading
Alaska's location in the North Pacific means it borders the Arctic Ocean waters along with Russia, Sweden, Norway, Greenland, and Canada. Its climate and environment are very similar to its northern neighbors. The Arctic Circle intersects with Alaska at the 66.5-degree north line of latitude.
Alaska is physically connected to North America, protruding from the northwest portion of the continent as a large peninsula. Its physical geography is diverse and includes mountain ranges (the Rocky Mountains and Coastal Mountain systems), arctic and sub-arctic regions, and glaciers. Alaska is also home to a variety of wildlife and vegetation in the tundra and the boreal forest.Learn more about Alaska
Alaska is located in the northeast part of the North American continent. It has a land border that separates it from Canada to the east, and it is surrounded by the Arctic Ocean to the north and the Pacific Ocean to the south and west.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 >
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 >
Commonly known by its nickname, "The Last Frontier," Alaska is one the most unique states in the United States. The state was acquired by the United States in 1867, when U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward offered Russia $7.2 million for the territory, a bargain price equivalent to roughly 2 cents per acre. At the time, Seward was ridiculed for suggesting the purchase, which was derisively referred to as "Seward's folly" or "Seward's icebox."Full Answer >