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Alaska Facts

Looking west toward Denali and Fish Creek in Denali National Park

Size
Alaska's 570,373 square miles is one-fifth the size of the continental U.S. and over twice the size of Texas.

Mountains
Of the nation's 20 highest peaks, 17 are in Alaska. That includes the legendary Denali, the tallest mountain in North America at 20,310 feet.

Glaciers
Alaska has an estimated 100,000 glaciers, which cover almost five percent of the state. There are more active glaciers in Alaska than in the rest of the inhabited world.

Pipeline
The Trans-Alaska Pipeline transports approximately .5 million barrels of oil a day from the North Slope to the port of Valdez in Prince William Sound. Oil moves at a rate of five to seven miles per hour and takes under six days to travel the 800 miles from Prudhoe Bay to tankers in the port of Valdez.

Time Zones
Alaska has its own time zone, which is one hour earlier than Pacific Time. The westernmost Aleutian Islands are on Hawaii-Aleutian Time, two hours earlier than Pacific Time.

Alaska Marine Highway System
Alaskan ferries travel a route covering 3,500 miles and serving 30 Alaskan ports.

Bald Eagles
The largest known concentration of bald eagles, over 3,000, converges near Haines from October through January to feed on late run salmon in the Chilkat River.

Water
Alaska has 3 million lakes, over 3,000 rivers and more coastline (47,300 miles) than the entire contiguous United States.

Parklands
Alaska has 12 National Parks and Preserves, 16 Wildlife Refuges, 2 National Forests, 4 National Monuments, and 3.2 million acres of State Park lands.