Pressures of Far-Reaching Change
Alaska means “the great land.” It is indeed a state of superlatives, Alaska is larger than the next three largest states combined. It has more timber, water and copper than the rest of the United States. There may be as much oil and natural gas in Alaska and off its coasts as in all the other 49 states. Alaska has three million lakes, several major river systems, a dozen peaks higher than any other American mountains, and numerous mammoth glaciers. Alaska's fish, wildlife, plants and flowers are abundant and many are unique to the state. Yet most of Alaska still is wilderness—of the state's 375 million acres only about 100,000 acres now are taken up by cities, towns, villages, roads or ...