In what region is Alaska located?


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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.

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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.

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