Thursday, March 17

Facts about Alaska

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It is time to learn about the states! I will be posting facts about each of the fifty states in the United States. The states will be done in alphabetical order! Last week we posted about Alabama. This week we are posting facts about Alaska.

Did you know that Alaska was the 49th state to join the union? Alaska officially joined the union on January 3, 1959! Alaska is located in the Northwest region of North America. Alaska borders Canada. Alaska was controlled by Russia until the United States bought the land in 1867 for about 7.2 (7,200,000.00) million dollars. Alaska is the largest state in the United States. There are about 731,545 people living there. That is not many people for how big Alaska is by size.


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Facts about Alaska:

1. A few things Alaska is known for are the Northern lights, glaciers, and gold mining. The nickname for the state of Alaska is: The Last Frontier. The Alaska state motto is North to the future. The motto means that Alaska is the land of promise. The abbreviation for Alaska is AK.

2. The capital of Alaska is Juneau. Juneau became the capital of Alaska in 1906. Juneau has a population of about 32,227 people.

3. The Alaska state bird is the Willow Ptarmigan. The Willow Ptarmigan is known as a master of camouflage because it turns all white in the winter and in the warmer months it coloring turns a mixture of reds and browns.

4. The Alaska official state flower is the forget-me-not. The forget-me-not comes in shades of blue, pink, purple, white, and yellow. They are beautiful flowers!

5. The Alaska state flag was flown for the first time on July 9, 1927. The Alaska state flag features 7 gold stars that form the big dipper and one bigger gold star that stands for the north star or the most northern state in the Union. The blue background stands for the color of the forget-me-nots (flower) and the sky.

6. Crops that are grown in Alaska are: hay, dairy, beans, beets, broccoli, potatoes, and cauliflower. They have a lot of nursery farms and green houses.

7. Alaska has around 100,000 glaciers that cover about 5 percent (5%) of the state. Glaciers are giant massive chunks/sheets of ice. Here is a list of some of the glaciers in Alaska in alphabetical order:

    Aialik Glacier

    Dawes Glacier

    Denver Glacier

    Exit Glacier

    Holgate Glacier

    Hubbard Glacier

    Johns Hopkins Glacier

    Mendenhall Glacier

    Ruth Glacier

These glaciers are breathtaking. With your caretaker/parent’s permission google the names of the glaciers and check them out!


8. There are three different types of bears that live in Alaska: The black bear, brown bear, and polar bear.

9. Alaska is the coldest state in the United States! The weather and temperatures depend on what region of Alaska you are in. January is usually the coldest month and July is usually the warmest month. The coldest temperature ever recorded in Alaska was minus 80 (-80) degrees Fahrenheit in Prospect Creek on January 23, 1971. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Alaska was 100-degrees Fahrenheit in Fort Yukon on June 27, 1915.


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Books about Alaska:

1. A Kid's Guide to Alaska by Jack Roberts

2. The Nature of Alaska: by James Kavanagh

3. Alaska's Animals by Shannon Cartwright

4. A is for Alaska: by Boys and Girls Club Alaska

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