Sporting snow-capped mountains, alongside glacier-rimmed fjords plus a dizzying number of exciting natural features, Alaska feels like another planet.
And through the gold rushes, world war to the booming oil industry, Alaska contains storied history, and it will never cease to impress any hardy visitor.
In the article below, we have rounded up the top 5 crazy facts you need to know about Alaska.
1) Alaska Has the Most Volcanoes
Alaska is not part of the “Ring of Fire” for no good reason.
According to the National Park Service, of the 800 active volcanoes worldwide, 70 of them are located in Alaska.
On a global scale, the 70 volcanoes might seem negligible, but when you account the fact that Alaska is home to 80% of all the United States volcanoes, then you might see why it`s a big deal.
With such a massive number of volcanoes, the state is plagued by an eruption nearly every year.
The most notable event happened with the eruption of Novarupta in 1912, which created the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes, which is now part of Katmai National Park.
The most recent eruption happened on June 7, 2017, when the Bogoslof Volcano erupted, sending a plume of smoke 30,000 ft into the air.
And as it follows, volcanic eruptions go hand in hand with earthquakes.
US Geological Survey asserts that the Pacific Ring of Fire, onto which Alaska makes a huge portion accounts for nearly 90% of the world`s earthquakes.
A testimony to this was on March 27, 1964, when North America recorded the strongest earthquake with a moment magnitude of 9.2, in central Alaska. Every year, Alaska records roughly 5,000 earthquakes, and though not all are disastrous, a third of them measure above 3.5 on the Ritcher scale.
Of all the ten strongest earthquakes to be recorded globally, 1/3 have happened in Alaska.
2) Alaska has the Highest Number of National Parks
Alaska is home to more than a half of the US`s national parklands.
This is not surprising given that Alaska is the largest state and alone, it has over 375 M acres or 591,000 square miles. The area coverage of Alaska is double the size of the next largest state, Texas.
When it comes to the number of parks, Alaska has eight national parks, meaning your itinerary options are quite limitless.
The parks here are not just a brazen grassland, but they`re spectacular scenes inundated with scenic mountains, glaciers as well as a variety of wildlife.
Though all the national parks in Alaska are pretty awesome, a major attraction is the Denali National Park.
Here, visitors can see the Denali big five version, which includes moose, bears, mountain goats, wolves, and caribou.
3) Alaska Has the Largest Areas of Water
In terms of water bodies, Alaska is again on the forefront with a massive space under water bodies.
Before we look at the actual statistics, let`s look at the percentage of Alaska`s water masses in relation to the country`s water bodies.
According to Geo Lounge, the US has 264,837 square miles of water. Alaska, on the other hand, has approximately 94,743 square miles of water. This figure is by far superior to the second water coverage by Texas at 40,175 square miles.
We also need to acknowledge that the state borders the largest water mass in the world, the Pacific.
More to this, the state also borders the arctic sea, which includes the Beaufort Sea and the Bering Sea.
But more to this, Alaska pays homage to more than 3,000 rivers, and over 3 million lakes. Yes, I said it right, a whopping 3,000,000 lakes.
The largest of all is Lake Iliamna, which covers over 1,000 square miles.
4) Alaska has the Largest Oil Reserves
Besides flora and fauna, Alaska is famous for many things, and probably among them is the oil industry.
Historically, Alaska has always accounted for more than 25 percent of the oil production in the United States.
However, the figures have fallen off in recent years, given that shale drilling and fracking is increasingly gaining popularity is Dakota, Texas, and California.
In spite of the slump in oil production, it`s still believed that Alaska holds the largest oil reserves, much of which is under the protection of the Forest Land Service.
5) Alaska Does Not See Daylight for 80 Days
It`s not a surprise that the state was aptly named the Land of the Midnight Sun.
Given that 1/3 of the state lies within the arctic circle, much of the state does not see nighttime at all for 80 days every year. Then, starting from mid-November, many Alaskans do not see the sun until at time like this, late December.
Undoubtedly, Alaska is a place full of mystery, and enigmatic at the very least.
Equally, it`s also an exciting and wonderful place to visit. In fact, visiting Alaska should be one of your must-do list coming 2019.