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If you were to overlay a map of the state of Alaska over top of a map of the same scale of the lower 48 United States, you would be amazed to find that Alaska stretches nearly from coast to coast, and from the Canadian to the Mexican border. With 570,374 square miles of land, Alaska is easily the largest of the 50 United States. It also has the longest coastline of all the states.

Alaska is rich in natural resources such as petroleum, natural gas, coal, and gold, and it features over 3,500,000 lakes, making it a very “wet” state as well. Marshland and wetland permafrost also co-exist with 16,000 square miles of glacier ice.

Although home to less than one million inhabitants, over 10 percent of Alaskans classify themselves as Native descent. Of these, approximately 4,000 are Aleuts, 12,300 are Athabascan, 15,200 are Inupiat, 9,300 are Tlingit/Haida, 1,300 are Tsimshian, and 21,000 are Yupik. The various Alaska Natives differ in ethnic origin, culture, and language. Originally reaching Alaska by way of the Bering Land Bridge (which is submerged now), Alaska Natives live in a number of different geographic and climatological regions. Read more