Northern exposure• In March, 1867, Secretary of State William Seward negotiated a deal to purchase Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million, or about 2.5 cents per acre.
Northern exposure• Many at the time considered this to be a big mistake and called it “Seward’s Folly,” but time has proved that Alaska was worth having.
Northern exposure• The reason that Seward wanted it in the first place was the fear that England would try and take it over, as earlier in 1867 they announced that all of Canada would be united under their control.
Northern exposure• The highest point in North America, Mount McKinley, is located in Denali National Park in Alaska, that would not become a state until 1959.
Northern exposure• Certainly the greatest natural resource is oil and the Trans-Alaskan Pipeline System has sent over 15 billion barrels of oil to the lower 48 states for refining since it was built in 1977.
Northern exposure• But the oil that exists in Alaska has recently been the subject of many political debates as drilling in the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for oil is questioned.
Northern exposure• There is potentially 5.7 billion to 16 billion barrels of oil available under the ice and tundra, which would certainly help the United States’ issue with oil concerns.
Island paradise• Just southeast of the Midway Islands was another tiny archipelago, or chain of islands, called Hawaii.
Island paradise• It was formed through the enormous volcanic activity of the region, volcanoes that are still erupting today, adding land mass to the state of Hawaii at the rate of 1 square mile every 30 years.