Area: 591,004 square miles
Population: 634,892 (2001)
State Capital: Juneau
Official Language: English
Languages Spoken: English
Head of State: Governor Frank Murkowski
Major Industries: Natural resources including oil(petrol), natural gas, coal, uranium, and platinum. Forestry, agriculture and fishing also play an important role.
Time Zone: Alaska
Admission to Union: The 49th State
Date entered the union: January 3, 1959
Origin of state name: Named from the Aleut word Al-ay-ek-sha meaning mainland.
Nicknames: The Great Land and The Last Frontier
State Motto: "North To The Future"
State Song: Alaska's Flag
Bouroughs: There are 16 bouroughs
Original Name: Alyeska - an Aleut term which means "The Great Land"
Volcanos: over 100 volcanos
Major Rivers: Yukon River, Kuskokwim River, Colville River, Copper River
Major Lakes: Iliamna Lake, Aleknagik Lake, Becharof Lake, Clark Lake, Minchumina Lake
Highest Point: Mt. McKinley - 20,320 feet (6,194 m) above sea level
Bordering US States: none
Bordering Country: Canada
Bordering Body of Water: Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Beaufort Sea, Bering Sea, Gulf of Alaska
Dinosaur Fossils Found in Alaska: Albertosaurus, Ankylosaur (unknown genus), Edmontosaurus, Pachycephalosaurus, Pachyrhinosaurus, Saurornitholestes, Thescelosaurus, TroÃ¶don
Points of Interest
- Alaska is the largest state in the United States. It is about the size of California, Montana and Texas combined together.
- A fossil of the great Woolly Mammoth was discovered in Alaska.
|State Bird||Willow ptarmigan
|State Land Mammal||Moose
|State Marine Mammal||Bowhead whale
|State Fish||King salmon
|State Insect||Four spot skimmer dragonfly
|State Fossil||Woolly Mammoth
|State Tree||Sitka spruce
|State Soil||Estelle (unofficial)|
|State Sport||Dog mushing|