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Did You Know?
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- Alaska has 3 million lakes over twenty acres big.
- There are more bald eagles in Alaska then in all other states combined.
- At 586,400 square miles, Alaska is the U.S.’s largest state, over twice the size of Texas.
- More than 40 active volcanoes occur in Alaska.
- Alaska has over 33,000 miles of coastline. It is the only state to have coastlines on two different oceans: Arctic Ocean and Pacific Ocean.
- Alaska has more than ten thousand glaciers – of which, one, is larger than the state of Rhode Island. (Over 1/2 the world’s glaciers!)
- The coldest temperature ever officially recorded in the US was in Alaska. The temperature was -79.8°F – rounded off to -80°F – observed at Prospect Creek Camp in the Endicott Mountains of northern Alaska on Jan. 23, 1971.
- During the winter, there is no daylight for 64 days in Barrow, while Anchorage has 6 hours of daylight on the shortest day of the year.
- Gray wolves inhabit 85% of Alaska.
- The main mode of private transportation in the U.S. is by private automobile; while in Alaska it is small planes.
- The largest recorded earthquake in North America was in Alaska in 1964 registering a 9.2 magnitude.
- One of the things that makes Alaska special is that all three species of North American bears flourish here: Polar, Black and Grizzly.
- During hibernation, the body temperature of the arctic ground squirrel drops to the lowest of any living mammal.
- Alaska’s moose are the largest of their species. Average size: 1,350 pounds, 5 feet high to shoulder; antlers span: 72 inches.
- Alaska also has the most northern point (Point Barrow) and the most western point (Cape Wrangell — further west than Hawaii) in the U.S.
- Alaska has 17 of the 20 highest mountains in North America. Mt McKinley is the highest at 20,320 ft, second is Mt Saint Elias at 18,008 ft.
- Alaska’s state fish is the king salmon.
- Juneau (population of about 31,262) the only state capital is the US with no road access. It can only be reached by air or sea.
- Alaska was purchased from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million by then Secretary of State William H. Seward.
- Thompson Pass (near Valdez) received 974 inches of snow one year.