frbnkslady 49F
3442 posts
5/7/2006 1:22 pm

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5/10/2006 9:39 pm


Here are some facts of the place I call home.

State Song
Background midi music is the tune to the song!

Eight stars of gold on a field of blue -
Alaska's flag. May it mean to you
The blue of the sea, the evening sky,
The mountain lakes, and the flow'rs nearby;
The gold of the early sourdough's dreams,
The precious gold of the hills and streams;
The brilliant stars in the northern sky,
The "Bear" - the "Dipper" - and, shining high,
The great North Star with its steady light,
Over land and sea a beacon bright.
Alaska's flag - to Alaskans dear,
The simple flag of a last frontier.

Origin of name: Corruption of Aleut word meaning “great land” or “that which the sea breaks against”
Commonly refered to as the 'Last Frontier' or as 'The Land of the Midnight Sun'.

We have areas that get
24 hours of daylight
24 hours of night
3 million lakes

How big are we? Very big!

586,400 Square Miles

We are 2 times the size of Texas

We have 29 volcanoes
33,000 miles of coastline!
1,400 miles North to South
2,700 miles East to West
Over 1/2 the world's Glaciers
55 miles east of Russia

We are the only state to have coastlines on three different seas.
Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea.

Record high temperature: 1915 +100 oF
Record low temperature: Tanana -78 oF
We can post over a 100* difference in 1 day.
High tides of 37 feet
Snow: 24 hours; 62 inches
1 year; 974 inches (Thompson Alaska, near Valdez).

Mount Denali: 20,320 feet (Tallest in North America)
Mount Elias: 18,008 feet
Foraker - 17,400 feet
Bona - 16,500 feet
Blackburn - 16,390 feet
Sanford - 16,237 feet
Vancouver - 15,700 feet
Churchhill - 15,638 feet
Fairweather - 15,300 feet
Hubbard - 15,015 feet
Bear - 14,831

Islands (largest)
Kodiak - 3,588 square miles
Prince of Wales - 2,770 square miles
Chichagof - 2,062 square miles

Lakes (largest)
Iliamna - 1,000 square miles
Becharof - 458 square miles
Teshekpuk - 315 square miles
Naknek - 242 square miles

Longest River
Yukon - Total of 2,300 miles, 1,875 in Alaska

Kodiak Bear; 1,400 pounds, 11 feet tall
Polar Bear; 1,400 pounds, 11 feet tall
Grizzly Bear (Brown Bear); 800 pounds, 9 feet tall
Moose; 1,350 pounds, 5 feet high to shoulder
Antlers span; 72 inches

Purchased from Russia in 1867 for under 2 cents an acre.

State Motto: North to the future.

State Flower: Forget-me-not.
The plant grows well in most of Alaska's varied climate.

State Bird: Alaska Willow Ptarmigan (Lagopus lagopus alascensis Swarth)
It can change it's color from light brown to snow white. The willow ptarmigan was named Alaska's state bird in 1955.

State Tree: Sitka spruce (picea sitchenensis)
The evergreen is found throughout the southeastern and central areas of Alaska.

State Marine Mammal: Bowhead whale

State Fish: King salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
King salmon weighing up to 100 lb. have been caught in Alaska. The king salmon is also known as the chinook salmon and is a popular sport fish. It became the state fish in 1962.

State Sport: Dog Mushing
It once was the primary form of transportation in most of Alaska. Today dog sled racing is a popular winter sport. It was adopted as the state sport in 1972.

State Gem: Jade
Alaska has a large deposit of jade, including an big mountain filled with dark green jade on the Seward Peninsula

State Mineral: Gold
The search for gold played a major role in shaping the history of Alaska, from the discovery of gold in Juneau to the great gold rush at Nome. Gold was named the state mineral in 1968.

State Fossil: Woolly Mammoth 1986

State Insect: Four spot skimmer dragonfly ( HUGE difference of opinion on this.. most of us swear its the MOSQUITO )

These are posted on the Alaskan Fun facts..


bigman6342 54M

5/10/2006 9:10 pm

Alaska rocks..some of the best scenery in the world..absolutely beautiful....

frbnkslady replies on 5/10/2006 9:39 pm:
Yes she does.. I LOVE it up here... T

digdug41 50M

5/9/2006 7:36 am

this is way cool I learn something new everyday

roaming the cyber streets of blogland

frbnkslady replies on 5/9/2006 9:31 pm:
ALWAYS should learn something new everydayT

SELFLESSlover69 48M

5/9/2006 1:03 am

sorry STATE! being in the uk i forget alaska is a state, as it's detached from the u.s.! and so it should be! LOL.

revolution! independence! :B

frbnkslady replies on 5/9/2006 9:31 pm:
LOL>... We could very well do that..T

tillerbabe 57F

5/9/2006 12:31 am

Great info! Never been..always wanted to go there - now I really want to visit!!!

frbnkslady replies on 5/9/2006 9:30 pm:
Well look at it this way... Paris Seattle


Hows that sound to you??? Email me and I will send you some 'meeting' areas...T

rm_abutoo2 45M
1078 posts
5/8/2006 12:51 am

bullwinkle's dangerous? Wow... I guess... oh Dear! or better yet... oh moose!? Natasha, we must get moose and squirrel... I'm just kidding, I've heard tells of rampaging moose that have killed half an eskimo village. (not really) but I do know that they will charge when pissed, and with a rack like that on my head, I'd be pissed a lot. How do they go down on girl moose? Damn, see, sexually frustrated right there. Makes it a beach to get into a door too.

frbnkslady replies on 5/8/2006 8:36 am:
They have killed. I think more so then the bears. T

SELFLESSlover69 48M

5/8/2006 12:49 am

HI my roots are canadian, although i've never been, (my mum has) hope to get there before i leave the planet! as for alaska i think it's one of the most beautiful countries in the world and will get there (via canada!) before i leave the planet!

frbnkslady replies on 5/8/2006 8:35 am:
LOL, She is a beautiful state. I hope you get to take your trips. Canada is a pretty country too. T

caressmewell 54F

5/7/2006 4:49 pm

Excellent post T! I really would love to visit Alaska.
Damn mosquitos are everywhere...they should be the National Insect.

frbnkslady replies on 5/7/2006 6:32 pm:
Damn things are HUUUUUGE this spring.. can take 'em out with a tennis racket... T

rm_abutoo2 45M
1078 posts
5/7/2006 3:53 pm

Alaska sounds dangerous... you should move to Oklahoma we only have tornadoes, and they're not all that dangerous if they don't land on top of you, LOL

frbnkslady replies on 5/7/2006 6:32 pm:
LOL, I have been through tornadoes, I will pass on more, thank you. I will take my chances with the Earth quakes. I have respect for the place I live. The danger most of us face up here is moose. Seriously, they garner A LOT of respect. Bears are extremly dangerous if agitated, don't get me wrong please. But moose.... WOW. T

Djeeper1987 48M

5/7/2006 3:16 pm

I have always wanted to visit Alaska. I will one day I hope! I can tell you sure do love Alaska BTW.

Carpe Diem

frbnkslady replies on 5/7/2006 6:26 pm:
I do love it here. I have finally found my 'home'. Come on up for a vacation.. You should know that 65% of our population is made of of people who came on vacation and never left. T

rm_saintlianna 46F
15466 posts
5/7/2006 2:15 pm

We have areas that get
24 hours of daylight
24 hours of night

I would be shitting!!! Have you been to any of the volcanoes? Have you seen a grizzly bear? This is a really good post!

frbnkslady replies on 5/7/2006 3:05 pm:
I have seen grizzlies and seen some of the extinct volcanoes. Yuu should bring your daughter for a vacation.. you just might never leave..
Email me as I cannot you and I will send you some pics and some web sites. T

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