January 2005
Alaska Almanac;2005, Issue 29, p187
The article discusses the six general regions in the state of Alaska organized by geography and climate. Southeast is Alaska's panhandle which stretches approximately 500 miles from Icy Bay, northwest of Yakutat, south to Dixon Entrance at the U.S.-Canada border beyond the southern tip of Prince of Wales Island. About two-thirds of the state's residents live in the arc between the Gulf of Alaska on the south and the Alaska Range on the north, the region commonly called Southcentral. Western Alaska extends along the Bering Sea coast from the Arctic Circle south to where the Alaska Peninsula joins the mainland near Naknek on Bristol Bay. Great rivers have forged a broad lowland, known as the Interior, in the central part of the state between the Alaska Range on the south and the Brooks Range on the north. Beyond the Brooks Range, more than 80,000 square miles of tundra interlaced with meandering rivers and countless ponds spread out along the North Slope or the Northern/Arctic region. Southwestern Alaska includes the Alaska Peninsula and Aleutian Islands.


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