Where is Alaska's Location? (Area or region of the country and neighboring states)?
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Alaska (IPA: [əˈlæskə]) is a state of the United States of America, located in the extreme northwest portion of the North American continent. It is the largest U.S. state in terms of area (by a substantial margin), along with being one of the wealthiest and most racially diverse.
The area that became Alaska was purchased from Russian interests on October 18, 1867, with the territory becoming the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959. The name "Alaska" is derived from the Aleut Alaskax, alternately spelled Alyeska, meaning "Land that is not an island."
Alaska is one of two U.S. States not bordered by another state , Hawaiʻi being the other. It is the only non-contiguous state in North America; about 500 miles (800 km) of Canadian territory separate Alaska from Washington State. Alaska is thus an exclave of the United States that is part of the continental U.S. but is not part of the contiguous U.S. (The other three exclaves of the United States are the Northwest Angle of Minnesota, Point Roberts, Washington, and Alburgh, Vermont.) Alaska is also the only state whose capital city is accessible only via ship or air. No roads connect Juneau to the rest of the state.
The state is bordered by Yukon and British Columbia, Canada to the east, the Gulf of Alaska and the Pacific Ocean to the south, the Bering Sea, Bering Strait, and Chukchi Sea to the west, and the Beaufort Sea and the Arctic Ocean to the north.
Alaska is the largest state in the United States in terms of land area (it is larger in area than all but 18 of the world's nations) at 570,380 square miles (1,477,261 km²), over twice as large as Texas, the next largest state. If a map of Alaska were superimposed upon a map of the 48 contiguous states, Alaska would overlap Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Colorado , and if the state's westernmost point were superimposed on San Francisco, California, its easternmost point would be in Jacksonville, Florida. Alaska also has more coastline than all of the contiguous U.S. combined.
Near Little Port Walter in Southeast Alaska.One scheme for describing the state's geography is by labeling the regions:
South Central Alaska is the southern coastal region and contains most of the state's population. Anchorage and many growing towns, such as Palmer, and Wasilla, lie within this area. Petroleum industrial plants, transportation, tourism, and two military bases form the core of the economy here.
The Alaska Panhandle, also known as Southeast Alaska, is home to many of Alaska's larger towns including the state capital Juneau, tidewater glaciers and extensive forests. Tourism, fishing, forestry and state government anchor the economy.
The Alaska Interior is home to Fairbanks. The geography is marked by large braided rivers, such as the Yukon River and the Kuskokwim River, as well as Arctic tundra lands and shorelines.
The Alaskan Bush is the remote, less crowded part of the state, encompassing 380 native villages and small towns such as Nome, Bethel, Kotzebue and, most famously, Barrow, the northernmost town in the United States.
The northeast corner of Alaska is covered by the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which covers 19,049,236 acres (79,318 km²). Much of the northwest is covered by the larger National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska, which covers around 23 million acres. The Arctic is Alaska's most remote wilderness. A location in the National Petroleum Reserve–Alaska is 120 miles from any town or village, the geographic point most remote from permanent habitation in the USA.
With its numerous islands, Alaska has nearly 34,000 miles (54,700 km) of tidal shoreline. The island chain extending west from the southern tip of the Alaska Peninsula is called the Aleutian Islands. Many active volcanoes are found in the Aleutians. For example, Unimak Island is home to Mount Shishaldin, a moderately active volcano that rises to 9,980 ft (3,042 m) above sea level. The chain of volcanoes extends to Mount Spurr, west of Anchorage on the mainland.
One of North America's largest tides occurs in Turnagain Arm just south of Anchorage. Tidal differences can be more than 35 feet (10.7 m). (Many sources say Turnagain has the second-greatest tides in North America, but it has since been shown that several areas in Canada have larger tides, according to an Anchorage Daily News article dated 6/23/03.)
Alaska is home to 3.5 million lakes of 20 acres (8 ha) or larger . Marshlands and wetland permafrost cover 188,320 square miles (487,747 km², mostly in northern, western and southwest flatlands). Frozen water, in the form of glacier ice, covers some 16,000 square miles (41,440 km²) of land and 1,200 square miles (3,108 km²) of tidal zone. The Bering Glacier complex near the southeastern border with Yukon, Canada, covers 2,250 square miles (5,827 km²) alone.
The Aleutian Islands cross longitude 180°, so Alaska can be considered the easternmost state as well as the westernmost. Alaska and, especially, the Aleutians are one of the extreme points of the United States. The International Date Line jogs west of 180° to keep the whole state, and thus the entire continental United States, within the same legal day.
According to an October 1998 report by the United States Bureau of Land Management, approximately 65% of Alaska is owned and managed by the U.S. federal government as national forests, national parks, and national wildlife refuges. Of these, the Bureau of Land Management manages 87 million acres (350,000 km²), or 23.8% of the state. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
Of the remaining land area, the State of Alaska owns 24.5%; another 10% is managed by thirteen regional and dozens of local Native corporations created under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Various private interests own the remaining land, totaling less than 1%.
Map of Alaska - PDFAlaska is administratively divided into "boroughs," as opposed to "counties." The function is the same, but whereas some states use a three-tiered system of decentralization — state/county/township — most of Alaska only uses two tiers — state/borough. Owing to the state's low population density, most of the land is located in the Unorganized Borough which, as the name implies, has no intermediate borough government of its own, but is administered directly by the state government. Currently (2000 census) 57.71 percent of Alaska's land area has this status; however, its population comprises only 13.05 percent of the state's total. For statistical purposes the United States Census Bureau divides this territory into census areas. Anchorage merged the city government with the Greater Anchorage Area Borough in 1971 to form the Municipality of Anchorage, containing the city proper, and the bedroom communities of Eagle River, Chugiak, Peters Creek, Girdwood, Bird, and Indian. Fairbanks, on the other hand, has a separate borough (the Fairbanks North Star Borough) and municipality (the City of Fairbanks).
The Alaska Community Database System provides a wide range of community-based information and data for planning, policy-making, and technical assistance decisions. This comprehensive interactive database system presents information of the most frequently asked questions for each community in Alaska, including a community’s location, population, taxes, climate, history, culture, demographics, utilities, schools, health care, economy, transportation, and local contacts.
Users can obtain community information through direct links to rural community data in detailed or summary form, custom data queries features, capital project information from different agencies for all Alaskan communities, download a current directory of Municipal Officials, and view community photos. Customized queries can be viewed online or downloaded into a Microsoft Excel file and automatically sent via e-mail to your personalized e-mail accounts.
The climate in Juneau and the southeast panhandle is best described as a "cooler version of Seattle". It is a mid-latitude oceanic climate (Koppen climate classification Cfb) in the southern sections and a subarctic oceanic climate (Koppen Cfc) in the northern sections. On an annual basis, this is both the wettest and warmest part of Alaska with milder temperatures in the winter and high precipitation throughout the year. Juneau averages over 50 inches (1,250 mm) of precipitation a year, while other areas receive over 275 inches (7,000 mm). This is also the only region in Alaska in which the average daytime high temperature is above freezing during the winter months.
The climate in south central Alaska, with Anchorage as a typical city, is mild by Alaskan standards. This is due in large part to its proximity to the coast. While it does not get nearly as much rain as the southeast of Alaska, it does get more snow, although days tend to be clearer here. On average, Anchorage receives 16 inches (325 mm) of precipitation a year, with around 75 inches (190 cm) of snow, although there are areas in the south central which receive far more snow. It is a subarctic climate (Koppen Dfc) due to its short, cool summers though.
The climate of Western Alaska is determined in large part by the Bering Sea and the Gulf of Alaska. It is a subarctic oceanic climate in the southwest and a continental subarctic climate farther north. The temperature is somewhat moderate considering how far north the area is. This area has a tremendous amount of variety, especially when considering precipitation. The northern side of the Seward Peninsula is technically a desert with less than 10 inches (250 mm) of precipitation annually, while some locations between Dillingham and Bethel average around 100 inches (2,500 mm) of precipitation.
The climate of the interior of Alaska is best described as extreme and is the best example of a true subarctic climate. Some of the hottest and coldest temperatures in Alaska occur around the area near Fairbanks. The summers can have temperatures reaching into the 80s°F (near 30°C), while in the winter, the temperature can fall below −60°F (-52°C). Precipitation is not much in the Interior, often less than 10 inches (250 mm) a year, but what precipitation falls in the winter tends to stay the entire winter.
The highest and lowest recorded temperatures in Alaska are both in the Interior. The highest is 100°F (38°C) in Fort Yukon on June 27, 1915, tied with Pahala, Hawaii as the lowest high temperature in the United States. The lowest Alaska temperature is −80°F (-64°C) in Prospect Creek on January 23, 1971, one degree above the lowest temperature recorded in North America (in Snag, Yukon, Canada).
The climate in the extreme north of Alaska is what would be expected for an area north of the Arctic Circle. It is an Arctic climate (Koppen ET) with long, very cold winters and short, cool summers. Even in July, the average low temperature is barely above freezing in Barrow, at 34°F (2°C). Precipitation is light in this part of Alaska, with many places averaging less than 10 inches (250 mm) per year, mostly in the form of snow which stays on the ground almost the entire year
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- Ohioguy95Lv 61 decade ago
Alaska is not adjacent to any of the other 49 states as it borders the Yukon region of Canada, which is north of British Columbia. It is the northernmost part of the United States.
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- 1 decade ago
Alaska is the northwestern most state in the U.S. and is bordered by the Canadian territories of Yukon and British Columbia. Alaska is actually closer to the northeastern most part of Russia because a small island chain called the Aleutian Islands and the Bering Strait seperate the two.
- 1 decade ago
Alaska is the northernmost U.S. state and also the furthest west. It is indeed bordered on the east by Canada's Yukon Territory and the Province of British Columbia. Basically Alaska is a peninsula bounded by the Arctic Ocean on the north, the Pacific Ocean on its south, and the Bering Sea on its west. The Russian Federation lies on the other side of the Bering Sea from Alaska, and a pair of islands in the Bering Sea, one Alaskan, the other Russian, are about two kilometres from each other.
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- awayforabitLv 51 decade ago
West coast of Canada - up north (borders the Yukon Territory and part of British Columbia)
No neighboring states.
- 1 decade ago
alaska is the part of north america that juts out of canada in the north east in is completely separated from the united states of america but is an american state none the less i think it should be a part of canada because it is no where near the USA i always thought it was canada but i couldn't find alaska in the main part of the USA then i was looking at canada and i found it it surprised me so much
- Anonymous1 decade ago
That has to be the best question ever when considering the power of the American educational system.