A vast and diverse geography with a land
area of 571,951 square miles, the 49th state to enter the union in 1959
is the largest of all U.S.
states. Alaska: “The Great Land” states – twice the
size of Texas, and roughly equal to one fifth of the continental United
Bounded in the southwest by
the Pacific Ocean, in the west by the Bering Sea, and in the north by
the Arctic Ocean, Alaska is the only U.S. state with two international
borders (with Russia and Canada).
Its many thousand miles of coastline,
numerous active volcanoes, 39 majestic mountain ranges containing 17 of
the 20 highest peaks in the United States, and diverse ecosystems
ranging from temperate rainforest to desert-like Arctic tundra offer a
home to some of North America’s most remarkable – and threatened –
wildlife, provide a plethora of natural resources, and also pose
significant geophysical and climatic hazards. Earthquakes, volcanic
eruptions, tsunamies, coastal erosion, and climatic hazards such as
droughts, floods, wildfires, and severe winter storms are all part of
life in this northern state.
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