1. It's enormous
Okay, you may already know this. Researchers have worked out that Alaska is 1.7 million km
2, over twice the size of Texas, America's second largest state.
2. It's also very remote
With fewer than 2 people per square mile Alaska is considered one of the most remote places to live.
3. Alaska's state mammal is the Moose
4. It's one of America's youngest states
Alaska was made the 49
th official American state in 1989.
5. Nearly a third of Alaska lies within the Arctic Circle
With the coldest temperature recorded at -62°C on Jan 23
rd 1971. Alaska is one of the coldest places to live in the world.
6. It's home to 17 of the 20 highest peaks in America
Mount McKinley (Denali) being the highest, standing at 20,320 feet (6,194 m).
7. Alaska's name is based on the Eskimo word Alakshak
Alakshak translates as 'great lands' or 'perninsular'.
8. It's surrounded by seas!
With a coastline of 6640 miles, and three different seas surrounding it (Pacific, Arctic and The Bering Sea), Alaska has the longest coastline in the United States.
9. Alaska supplies 25% of America's oil
Alaska's waters are believed to contain more than 30 percent of the nation's known recoverable offshore resources.
10. The capital of Alaska, Juneau, is inaccessible by car
Don't worry, you can still get there by plane or boat!
Get a glimpse of the true troubles that the residents of Alaska face with our brand new show Life Below Zero on your screens from the 25th January at 10pm