Alaska

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AK Koyukuk River

AK Resurrection Bay

AK Taku Icefield

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Anchorage

Denali Nationalpark

Fairbanks

Katmai Nationalpark

Juneau

Kobuk Valley Nationalpark

Sitka

Gates of the Arctic NP

Point Barrow

Glacier Bay Nationalpark

 

Wrangell-St. Elias NP

 

Lake Clark Nationalpark

 

Kenai Fjords Nationalpark

 

 

Location

not connected to the Continental USA, Northwest of Canada

Neighboring states

Common borders with Russia and Canada

Population

731,400 (47.)

Area

1.717.000 kmē (1.)

Capital

Juneau (Southeast, population 32,200)

Largest city

Anchorage (South, population 298,600)

Other cities

Fairbanks, Kodiak, Nome, Sitka

Postal abbreviation

AK

Nickname

The Last Frontier

Unions member since

January 3, 1959 (49.)

Alaska, The Last Frontier, meaning something like the last wild lands of the country, is the largest US state by area and at the same time the one with the lowest population density. Alaska is famous for its wild, pristine nature, which is in large parts being preserved as National Parks or other protective areas.

The vast area of Alaska became a part of the United States in 1867, when the government purchased it from Russia for 7.2 million dollars. At the end of the 19th century, America became interested in the territory when various rich resources and even gold were discovered here.

Among Alaska’s most important cities are Anchorage, the state’s largest city, Fairbanks, the most significant city in Alaska’s heartland and Juneau, the state’s small capital. 

In the Northern part of the state, there are large oil occurrences and the interest in exploiting these resources stands in contrast to the interest of keeping the unique nature intact. This issue has been a focal point of American politics for many years.


 

 

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