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Alaska

(Encyclopedia) Alaska l´sk, largest in area of the United States but one of the smallest in population, occupying the northwest extremity of the North American continent, separated from the…

Alaska Day: Alaska

Celebrating Alaska’s birthday by Liz Olson Originally a Russian territory, Alaska was sold to the United States in 1867. The United States bought the Alaskan territory for $7,200,…

Alaska

Capital: Juneau State abbreviation/Postal code: Alaska/AK Governor: Bill Walker, Independent (to Dec. 2018) Lieut. Governor: Byron Mallott, D (to Dec. 2018) Senators: Dan Sullivan, R (to Jan.…

Alaska Highway

(Encyclopedia) Alaska Highway, all-weather road, 1,523 mi (2,451 km) long, extending NW from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, to Fairbanks, Alaska. An extension of an existing Canadian road between…

North Slope

(Encyclopedia) North Slope, Alaska: see Alaska North Slope.

Arctic North Slope

(Encyclopedia) Arctic North Slope or Arctic Slope, Alaska: see Alaska North Slope.

Alaska Range

(Encyclopedia) Alaska Range, S central Alaska, rising to the highest mountain in North America, Denali (Mt. McKinley; 20,310 ft/6,190 m). The range divides S central Alaska from the great plateau of…

Alaska Peninsula

(Encyclopedia) Alaska Peninsula, SW Alaska, extending 500 mi (800 km) SW from the mainland, separating Bristol Bay and the Bering Sea from Cook Inlet, the Shelikof Strait, and Pacific Ocean. The…

Sitka

(Encyclopedia) Sitka st´k, city (1990 pop. 8,588), Sitka census div., SE Alaska, in the Alexander Archipelago, on Baranof Island; inc. 1971. Fishing, its first industry, remains important; salmon,…

Gruening, Ernest Henry

(Encyclopedia) Gruening, Ernest Henry grn´ng, 1887–1974, American political leader, governor of Alaska (1939–53), and U.S. Senator (1959–69), b. New York City. He became interested in journalism…