Monthly Archives: May 2012

Porque o Alaska / Why Alaska

Porque Alaska?

Primeiro porque é grande… depois porque é longe, selvagem e praticamente deserto. Veja o quadro abaixo e terá uma ideia. Agora imagine que tudo isto tem menos de 700 mil pessoas. Pra quem gosta de isolamento e natureza pura, é um prato cheio…e metade destas pessoas moram em Anchorage…

  • 1,5 milhões de km quadrados.
  • 10 x maior que a Florida
  • Duas vezes o tamanho do Texas
  • 29 vulcões
  • 10.690 kms de costa com 3 diferentes mares. Oceano Artico, Oceano Pacifico , e Mar de Bering ( a do Brasil mede 7.491 kms)
  • Metade dos glaciares do mundo estão lá.
  • Menos de 100 km para chegar na Russia.
  • 38 cadeias de montanhas
  • 3 milhões de lagos, e zilhões de mosquitos que se matam à vassouradas.
  • 3.000 rios
  • Inclui uma montanha com 5490 metros de altura.
  • Foi comprado da Russia, em 1867 por us$ 7,5 Milhões
  • Nesta epoca do ano, não tem noite. 24 horas de iluminação. 

We are going to Alaska because it is vast, isolated and far away. I am going to copy here the info I got from the internet, compared to Texas, which is the biggest state in the USA: One thing they don’t say below: Because of the 3 thousand lakes, it has gazillion of mosquitos in the summer.

Alaska Is Big! 

  • You could fit Texas into Alaska 2 times! One-fifth the size of the Lower 48, Alaska is bigger than Texas, California, and Montana combined!
  • Alaska is also far-flung: 3.1 times wider (east to west) and 1.9 times taller (north to south) than Texas. From north to south, Alaska measures 1420 miles, the distance from Denver to Mexico City, and east to west 2500 miles, the distance from Savannah, GA to Santa Barbara, CA. See detailed Alaska maps.
  • Alaska also has the most northern point (Point Barrow) and the most western point (Cape Wrangell, Alaska — further west than Hawaii) in the U.S.

Water & Coastline

  • Alaska has 99 times as much inland water (in lakes, reservoirs, and rivers) as Texas. In fact, Alaska has 3 million lakes over twenty acres big.
  • Alaska has more than 50% of the entire U.S. coastline, or 6,640 miles. Texas has 367 miles of coastline!

Population Density

  • Texas has 83 times more people per square mile.
  • If Texas’s population density were the same as Alaska’s, only 265,489 people would live in Texas rather than 22,118,509 (based on 2003 data).

High Point

  • Alaska’s high pointMt. McKinley (20,320 feet), rises 2.2 miles above Texas’s high point, Guadalupe Peak, at 8,749 feet.
  • Not only is Mt. McKinley the highest mountain in North America, but Alaska has 15 other peaks higher than any in the continental U.S.

Road Density

  • Alaska has 640 sq. miles of land for every mile of paved roadTexas has 20 sq. miles of land for every mile of road. In other words, Alaska’s land-to-road ratio is 31.3 times greater.
  • Only 20% of Alaska’s roads are paved versus on average 91% for the other 49 states. During the long, cold grip of winter, Alaskans build ice roads to traverse rivers and ground that is otherwise too soft to drive.

Air Travel

  • Alaska has 6.3 times more active pilots per capita than Texas.
  • Alaska has 102 seaplane bases, far more than any other state.