The Mountainous Landscape of Alaska
If you always hunt for the wild virgin beauty, Alaska is the perfect destination for you. Its sparkling glaciers, imposing mountains, vast forest lands and active volcanoes beckon trekkers and explorers from all over the world. The extreme climate conditions of Alaska pose yet another challenge to the daredevils who love to brave the raw elements of nature. The Brooks Mountain Range and the Alaska Mountain Range are among the major mountain ranges of Alaska. Mt. McKinley measuring 20320 feet in the Alaska Range is the highest point of North America. Apart from these, there are a number of smaller mountain ranges along the heavily forested coastal areas Alaska is the home to more than 3 million lakes, Iliamna and Becharof being the largest of hem. An exact representation of the ragged beauty of the mountains and the serene lakes is captured in the acrylic fridge magnet souvenir of Alaska.
Some Interesting Facts about Alaska
Alaska happens to be the largest state of the USA and lies at the furthest northern, eastern and western frontier of the country. It is a snow-filled landscape dominated by mountains, glaciers, about 3000 rivers, forests and lakes and the snow thaws only during springtime. There are more than 1000 islands within the territories of Alaska and together they make up for 15,000 miles of coastline.
Alaska is very sparsely populated owing to its harsh climate and landscape. This land of mountain and lakes was first discovered in 1741 by Danish explorer Vitus Jonassen during his return voyage from Siberia. In fact, Alaska had been purchased by the US from Russia in 1867 by William H. Seward, the United States Secretary of State in exchange of $7,200,000. The economic value of Alaska lies in its oil and natural gas industry.