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Alaska (i /əˈlæskə/) is the largest state in the United States by area. It is situated in the northwest extremity of the North American continent, with Canada to the east, the Arctic Ocean to the north, and the Pacific Ocean to the west and south, with Russia further west across the Bering Strait. Approximately half of Alaska’s 698,473 residents live within the Anchorage metropolitan area. As of 2009, Alaska remains the least densely populated state of the U.S.

Alaska was purchased from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867, for $7.2 million ($113 million in today’s dollars) at about two cents per acre ($4.74/km²). The land went through several administrative changes before becoming an organized territory on May 11, 1912, and the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959.

The name “Alaska” (Аляска) was already introduced in the Russian colonial period, when it was used only for the peninsula and is derived from the Aleut alaxsxaq, meaning “the mainland” or more literally, “the object towards which the action of the sea is directed”. It is also known as Alyeska, the “great land”, an Aleut word derived from the same root.

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Alaska BP Lisburne Oil Field

Alaska BP Lisburne Oil Field Spill BP’s new oil spill in Alaska: ‘Reckless’? The beleaguered company that was pummeled over its massive Gulf oil disaster is grappling with another (arguably preventable) spill. BP, the petroleum giant responsible for last year’s … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Exxon Valdez Precedent

Exxon Valdez Precedent Decades after spill, Exxon Valdez case back in court By Yereth Rosen (Reuters) – More than two decades after the Exxon Valdez supertanker struck a reef and unleashed the nation’s biggest tanker spill, a lingering legal dispute … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog 33 Year-Old Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline at Risk

33 Year-Old Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline at Risk Alaska oil pipeline ‘integrity’ at risk, U.S. warns By Joshua Schneyer NEW YORK — A U.S. government investigation of the Trans Alaska Pipeline has found potentially major safety issues on the line that ships … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Fran Ulmer Coast Guard Artic Oil Drilling

Fran Ulmer Coast Guard Artic Oil Drilling US not ready for Arctic oil drilling, say officials By Karin Zeitvogel WASHINGTON — The United States is ill-equipped to deal with a major oil catastrophe in Alaska, the Coast Guard admiral who … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Royal Dutch Shell Plc Alaska Drilling

Royal Dutch Shell Plc Alaska Drilling Shell Delays Alaska Exploration After Oil Spill in U.S. Gulf By Eduard Gismatullin Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil company, will delay its drilling campaign in Alaska after the worst U.S. oil spill … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline

Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline Trans-Alaska oil pipeline remains shut down By MARY PEMBERTON ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The trans-Alaska pipeline remained shut down Sunday more than 24 hours after a leak was discovered at a North Slope pump station. Alyeska Pipeline Service … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Alaska Cook Inlet Beluga Whale

Alaska Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Beluga Whales In Alaska’s Cook Inlet Endangered The government has declared Beluga whales in Alaska’s Cook Inlet endangered, and they’ll need special protection if they’re going to survive. The number of whales plummeted 50 percent … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Alaska Cook Inlet

Alaska Cook Inlet Race is on: Two firms scramble to get jack-up rigs to Cook Inlet, get well in By Tim Bradner   Two independent companies are in a race to get a jack-up rig to Cook Inlet this summer. … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Iñupiaq

Iñupiaq Iñupiaq People Ask: “Will We Be the Victims of the Next Oil Spill Disaster?” by Harvard Ayers and Chie Sakakibara The BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that began on April 20, 2010, was a wakeup call for … Continue reading

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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog North Slope Oil Spill

North Slope Oil Spill BP pleads not guilty to probation violation ANCHORAGE, Alaska BP is fighting charges that it violated probation. The Anchorage Daily News says the oil giant pleaded not guilty on Monday to probation violations related to a … Continue reading

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