Alaska’s 570,373 square miles is one-fifth the size of the
continental U.S. and over twice the size of Texas.
Of the nation’s 20 highest peaks, 17 are in Alaska.
That includes the legendary Denali (former Mount McKinley), the tallest mountain
in North America at 20,320 feet. Denali is the tallest mountain in the world from base to peak.
Alaska has an estimated 100,000 glaciers, which
cover almost five percent of the state. There are more active glaciers
in Alaska than in the rest of the inhabited world.
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline transports approximately 1.8 million barrels of oil a day
from the North Slope to the port of Valdez in Prince William Sound. Oil moves at a rate of
five to seven miles per hour and takes under six days to travel the 800 miles from Prudhoe
Bay to tankers in the port of Valdez.
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline has transported over 13 billion barrels of oil from the
North Slope to the port of Valdez in Prince William Sound since its completion on May
31, 1977. Oil moves at a rate of 5.5 miles per hour and takes under six days to travel
to tankers in the port of Valdez.
Alaska has its own time zone, which is one hour earlier than Pacific Time.
The westernmost Aleutian Islands are on Hawaii-Aleutian Time, two hours earlier than
Alaska Marine Highway System
Alaskan ferries travel a route covering 3,500 miles
and serving 30 Alaskan ports.
The largest known concentration of bald eagles, over 3,000, converges near
Haines from October through January to feed on late run salmon in the Chilkat River.
has 3 million lakes, over 3,000 rivers and more coastline (47,300 miles)
than the entire continental United States.
has 15 National Parks, Preserves and Monuments, and 3.2 million
acres of State Park lands.
located in Anchorage, is the world’s busiest floatplane base. It averages 800
takeoffs and landings on a peak summer day.
The state’s record snowfall in a single season was recorded at Thompson Pass north of
Valdez in 1952-53 at 974.5 inches.
The nation’s two largest national forests are located in Alaska. The Tongass in Southeast
includes 16.8 million acres, and the Chugach in Southcentral has 4.8 million acres.
There are more than three million lakes in Alaska. Lake Illiamna in Southwest Alaska is
the second largest freshwater lake in the U.S.
Nearly three-quarters of Alaska sport fishing is done in the Southcentral region of the
state where most of the state’s population resides.
Alaska is home to 80 percent of all the active volcanoes in the U.S.
Dutch Harbor/Unalaska is the number one producing commercial fishing port in the
Alaska has 12 species of big game, including moose, caribou, black bear, Dall sheep,
musk ox, wolverine, brown bear, wolf, mountain goat, black-tailed deer and elk.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Alaska was 100° at Fort Yukon in 1915, and
the lowest recorded temperature was -80° at Prospect Creek Camp in 1971.