By Nigel Hicks
No matter if recognizing a moose preventing site visitors in Anchorage or exploring Alaska's wonderful glacier-lined coast via cruise send, the final Frontier is bound to exceed all expectancies. whole with 3D mapping, vast lodge and eating place choices, guided walks and evocative images, this can be the main colourful and entire consultant to Alaska out there. enable DK Eyewitness trip publications Alaska be your making plans relief, significant other and keepsake as you adventure the richness of our northernmost nation. contains appealing new complete colour pictures, illustrations, and greater maps huge info on neighborhood customs, foreign money, clinical companies and transportation is helping tourists make a decision at a look which areas are most suitable to their journey.
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The best places to see nesting gannets, fulmars, petrels, cormorants, puffins, kittiwakes, and other cliff-nesting birds include Glacier Bay, Kenai Fjords National Park, and the Pribilof Islands. Thick-billed murres inhabit large cliff colonies, but do not build nests, instead laying their eggs on bare rock. Glaucous gulls, among the world’s largest gulls, live on the Pribilof Islands (see pp216–17) and on the western and northern coasts, from the YukonKuskokwim Delta to Canada’s northern regions.
Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race (early Feb), Whitehorse to Fairbanks or vice versa. The race follows a route along the Yukon River and over the wild mountains between Fairbanks and Whitehorse. Anchorage Fur Rendezvous (Feb–Mar), Anchorage. Originally meant to bring fur trappers and buyers together, Fur Rondy features a snow sculpture Team starting off in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race 46 I N T R O D U C I N G A L A S K A The Climate of Alaska BARROW Alaska’s wide range of climates can be divided into six major zones.
The resulting oil revenues were used to establish the Alaska Permanent Fund in 1982, which now serves as a state savings account and pays an annual dividend to every resident of Alaska. ANCSA AND ANILCA In 1971, Congress passed the then controversial Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), which attempted to compensate Alaska Natives for the loss of their lands. The Endicott Oil Production Island at Prudhoe Bay on Alaska’s North Slope TIMELINE 1968 The first oil is pumped at Prudhoe Bay 1965 1970 (Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act) passed 1985 Alaska purchases Alaska Railroad from federal government 1980 1985 1980 ANILCA 1971 ANCSA (Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act) passed 1975 1964 Good Friday earthquake seriously damages Anchorage, Valdez, Seward, and Kodiak 1969 North Slope oil leases sold for $900 million 1976 Willow selected as the new capital site 1977 Trans-Alaska Pipeline completed 1989 Exxon Valdez hits Bligh Reef and spills oil into Prince William Sound T H E H I S T O R Y O F A L A S K A 57 to the land for subsistence purposes.
Alaska by Nigel Hicks