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The Land That is Not an Island

The United States purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 and it became an American state in 1959. The name comes from an Aleut word meaning "land that is not an island".

Alaska has vast areas of unspoiled natural beauty, including rugged, snowcapped mountains, spectacular glaciers, and expanses of rolling tundra.

Click for more information. Petroleum is the leading industrial product of Alaska. The main oil field is on the Arctic coastal plain, around Prudhoe Bay, and this area also contains one of the world's largest natural gas reserves. Petroleum is transported by the 800 mile / 1280 km long Trans-Alaska Pipeline to Valdez, where it is transferred to oceangoing tankers.

Alaska represents one of eight countries with a portion of its territory within the Arctic Circle. Do you know the others? Play the GAME!

PICTURE RIGHT: Alaskan state flag with Big Dipper and North Star.

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Library: Industry, Countries/Places
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History of Alaska
News Story: Alaska Glacier Rumbling!
Arctic Maps & Weather Reports

Double-click any unlinked word DICTIONARY: Just "double-click" any unlinked word on this page for the definition from Merriam-Webster's Student Electronic Dictionary at Word Central.
Arctic Library ARCTIC LIBRARY & GLOSSARY: Check this section for an index of the rest of the things you really need to know about the Arctic.
All sorts of Arctic Maps ARCTIC MAPS & WEATHER REPORTS: Maps of the Northwest Passage, explorers' routes, iceberg sources, Nunavut, the Arctic by treeline, temperature...
Links to related sites. ARCTIC LINKS: Even more information! Links to sites related to the Arctic and "Iceberg: the Story of the Throps and the Squallhoots".
A Guide to Arctic Sunrise and Sunset GUIDE TO ARCTIC SUNRISE & SUNSET: How much sunlight or darkness is there in the Arctic on each day of the year?

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