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    State of Alaska
    Nickname The Last Frontier
    Capital Juneau
    Largest city Anchorage
    Population 750,000 (Rank:48)
    Governor Bill Walker (I)

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    No. 1 in area
    By area, Alaska is the biggest state in the United States. It is also larger than the combined area of the 22 smallest U.S. states. Twelve New York states or 470 Rhode Island states can fit in Alaska. If it were a country, Alaska would be world's 17th largest country in the world

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    Highest peak
    Alaska is home to North America's highest peak, Denali (formerly known as Mount McKinley) whose 20,320-foot crown dominates the Alaska Range. Denali means "The Great One" Seventeen of the 20 highest peaks in the U.S. are located in Alaska.

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    Widest state
    Alaska is the widest state in the United States. When a scale map of Alaska is superimposed on a map of the 48 lower states, Alaska extends from coast to coast.

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    What is the meaning of the name 'Alaska'?
    The name "Alaska" was derived from the Aleut word "Aleyska" meaning "great land". The word "Aleyska" literally means "the object toward which the action of the sea is directed", but can be interpreted as the 'great land' or 'large peninsula'.

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    Largest parliamentary constituency
    Alaska has only one member in the U.S. House of Representatives. Alaska's At-large congressional district has the largest land area and lowest population density of any district in the United States. It is the second-largest parliamentary constituency in the world, behind only the Canadian territory of Nunavut.

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    Seward’s folly
    The United States purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire. U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward signs a treaty with Russia for the purchase of Alaska for $7.2 million. Despite the bargain price of roughly two cents an acre, the Alaskan purchase was ridiculed in Congress and in the press as “Seward’s folly". Discoveries of gold, oil and natural resources proved the foresight of Seward. Alaska celebrates last monday in March as Seward's Day to commemorate the treaty that was signed on March 30, 1867. Alaska Day is the anniversary of the formal transfer of the territory and the raising of the US flag at Sitka, the capital of Russian Alaska, on October 18, 1867.

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    Three seas
    Alaska is the only state in the Unites States to have coastlines on three different seas (Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea)

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    Longest coastline
    Alaska has a longer coastline than all the other U.S. states combined. Alaska has 6,640 miles of coastline and, including islands, has 33,904 miles of shoreline.

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    Capital
    The City and Borough of Juneau is the capital city of Alaska. The area of Juneau is larger than that of Rhode Island state. Other than Honolulu, Hawaii, Juneau is the only capitol city in the U.S. that is only accessible by boat or plane.

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    Long night
    In Barrow, Alaska, when the sun rises on May 10, it doesn’t set until August 2 (84 days). When it sets on November 18, Barrow residents do not see the sun again until January 24th (67 days).

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    Land of lakes
    Alaska has more than 3,000 rivers. Alaska is home to 3.5 million lakes of 20 acres or larger. Its largest lake, Lake Iliamna, is roughly the size of the state of Connecticut.

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    Land of extremes
    Point Barrow, Alaska is northernmost point in all U.S. territory. Peaked Island, Alaska is the westernmost point in the 50 states and last sunset in all U.S. territory. Pochnoi Point, Semisopochnoi Island, Alaska is the easternmost point in all U.S. territory by longitude

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    Big dipper
    The Alaska flag was designed by a 13-year-old boy. In the design contest, Benny Benson’s design of eight stars of gold placed on a field of blue was the winner. During the ceremony in Seward, Benny was awarded a watch with the flag emblem on it and a $1,000 educational scholarship.

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    Malaspina
    Alaska has an estimated 100,000 glaciers, ranging from tiny cirque glaciers to huge valley glaciers. There are more active glaciers and ice fields in Alaska than in the rest of the inhabited world. The largest glacier is the Malaspina at 850 square miles. Five percent of the state, or 29,000 square miles, is covered by glaciers.

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    Ring of fire
    There are more than 70 potentially active volcanoes in Alaska. Several have erupted in recent times. The most violent volcanic eruption of the century took place in 1912 when Novarupta Volcano erupted, creating the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes which is now part of Katmai National Park.

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    Islands
    Out of the ten biggest American islands by area, eight are in Alaska, including the second biggest US island, Kodiak Island. (Hawaii island is the biggest of all American islands)

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    Languages
    Alaska has most official languages of any state in the US - English and 20 indigenous languages (Inupiat, Central Siberian Yupik, Central Alaskan Yup'ik, Alutiiq, Aleut, Dena'ina, Deg Xinag, Holikachuk, Koyukon, Upper Kuskokwim, Gwich'in, Lower Tanana, Upper Tanana, Tanacross, Hän, Ahtna, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, Coast Tsimshian)