25 Ways That Alaska Is The Most Interesting And Craziest State

Alaska is a state of extremes. Although you probably only think of snow and husky dogs there is a lot more to it than that. But…that is a good place to start. So, did you know that Alaska has more glaciers than the rest of the habitable world combined? (this of course excludes Antarctica). It also has some of the highest mountains in the world but don’t be fooled – Alaska is the land of ice and fire. There are over 100 active volcanoes throughout the state. And it’s not just all forests and fields either. The state has more coastline than the rest of the US combined. The fact that Alaska is roughly 3 times the size of Texas certainly helps. The state is also the farthest north, farthest west, and farthest east in the US. This is because some of the Aleutian islands actually cross the international dateline, which means they are farther west than the eastern most tip of Russia. And therefore they are also the easternmost point of the US! Another cool fact – in some places you can actually see Russia from Alaska (specifically the Diomede islands). These are 25 ways that Alaska is the most interesting and craziest state!

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During World War II the Japanese tried to invade Alaska. More Americans died defending Alaska than Hawaii (Pearl Harbor).

During World War II the Japanese tried to invade Alaska. More Americans died defending Alaska than Hawaii (Pearl Harbor).Source: history.com, Image: wikipedia
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The US bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million ($118 million today). That is less than what Real Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The US bought Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million ($118 million today). That is less than what Real Madrid paid for Cristiano Ronaldo.Source: archive.org, Image: pixabay

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The 1964 earthquake in Alaska was so intense that it affected water wells as far as South Africa

The 1964 earthquake in Alaska was so intense that it affected water wells as far as South AfricaSource: alaska.edu, Image: wikipedia
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There are more glaciers and ice fields in Alaska than in the rest of the inhabited world put together. In other words, more than half of the habitable world's glaciers can be found in Alaska (this obviously doesn't include Antarctica).

There are more glaciers and ice fields in Alaska than in the rest of the inhabited world put together. In other words, more than half of the habitable world's glaciers can be found in Alaska (this obviously doesn't include Antarctica).Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia

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17 of the 20 highest mountains in the United States are in Alaska. This includes Denali, the highest peak in North America. It is 20,320 feet high (6,194 meters).

17 of the 20 highest mountains in the United States are in Alaska. This includes Denali, the highest peak in North America. It is 20,320 feet high (6,194 meters).Source: wikipedia, Image: wikipedia


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