The Church in Alaska

Alaskan Bishops AFN Mass 2011

Alaska is a land of great national beauty and environmental diversity. One-fifth the size of the United States, Alaska is the northern-, western- and easternmost point in the United States. It’s true! Mainland Alaska has 6,640 miles of coastline and, including islands, 33,904 miles of shoreline. Diversity, as in all of God’s creation, is abundant in Alaska.

The largest state in the United States, Alaska is a sparsely populated land of immense natural beauty. Its Aleutian Islands extend into the Eastern Hemisphere. Alaska’s tremendous land mass is equal to one-fifth of the continental United States. Commonly called The Last Frontier or Land of the Midnight Sun, Alaska takes its name from an Aleut word meaning “great land” or “that which the sea breaks against.”

Alaska has three million lakes, over 3,000 rivers, 17 of the USA’s 20 highest peaks, 15 national parks, preserves, and monuments, about 100,000 glaciers, 60 of which are within 50 miles of Anchorage. Portage Glacier, 45 miles south of downtown Anchorage, is one of Alaska’s most visited attractions.

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