Alaska Photos: Outdoor Adventures

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Originally named Mount McKinley National Park, Alaska's first national park became Denali National Park and Preserve in 1980. In the process, it expanded to almost six million acres, about the size of Vermont.  
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The most severe earthquake in the United States occurred in Prince William Sound on March 27, 1964, measuring 9.2 on the Richter scale. But the threat of quakes hasn't scared off visitors, who come to see majestic glaciers and marine wildlife  
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Native Alaskans historically had no written language, but carved artistic wooden totem poles to record clan histories, communicate local legends, commemorate the dead, and even ridicule enemies.  
Credit: Corel 
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The polar bear is dressed for frigid Alaska temperatures-which can drop as low as -60°F-with a fur coat and a four-inch layer of blubber. In fact, polar bears are so well insulated that their bodies give off no detectable heat.  
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A land of superlatives, Alaska is the largest of the 50 states, has the lowest population density (0.7 people per square mile), has the highest male-to-female ratio (105:100), and is home to the tallest mountain in North America (McKinley/Denali).  
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Glacier Bay National Park envelops more than 3.3 million acres across southeastern Alaska. Containing at least 18 glaciers that reach the ocean, the park boasts the largest concentration of tidewater glaciers on earth.  
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Each March, 'mushers' assemble teams of dogs and board their sleds to compete in the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome. About 60 racers compete for a $50,000 prize each year.  
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Beneath the mist, Kenai Fjords National Park teems with wildlife. Wolverines, moose, bears, and mountain goats prowl the land, while colorful horned puffins, sea lions, otters, and killer whales inhabit the shores and waters.  
 
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