This state is very cold. Lots of ice. Lots of snow. And lots of polar bears!
It’s also the largest state in the United States with more than 40 active volcanoes and the most glaciers in the country. Other wild animals – walruses, beluga whales, black bears, and caribou – call it home.
In the winter, the snow can get more than ten inches deep!
At the top of the state (or in the north part of the state) is a city named Barrow. For 67 days, between November and January, the sun never shines. What do you think it would be like to go to school or play with your friends outside in total darkness?
But in the summer, it’s just the opposite. Between May and July, the sun never goes completely down. So in some places, there are 24 hours of sunlight.
What’s really cool about this state is its northern lights, which are also called by their scientific name, aurora borealis. The sky turns different colors – orange, pink, yellow, blue, and even violet – usually between September and April. It looks like someone poured a bucket of different-colored paint all over the sky. But the reason the sky changes colors has to do with solar wind, or wind from the sun, and the Earth’s atmosphere. Email Mo your drawing of the Northern lights or explain what causes them and we’ll post it on his website along with your first name, age, and state where you live.
Among the state’s most popular events is the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The drivers of the dogsleds, called mushers, lead a team of 14 dogs across the state for up to 15 days for roughly 1,100 miles.
One funny state law says it’s illegal to wake a sleeping bear for a photograph.
What is the name of this state? Do you think it’s Juneau or maybe Fairbanks?