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When did the woolly mammoth become extinct?
1650 BC. The woolly mammoth was the last among mammoth species. They have vanished from Europe and southern Siberia about 10,000 years ago, but a small population survived on the St. Paul Island, Alaska, up until 3750 BC, and the small mammoths of Wrangel Island survived until 1650 BC. They were still around when the Egyptian Pyramids were being built.
What kind of resources brought Russian colonists to Alaska?
Sea otters. Alaska was colonized by Russian fur traders. Rather than hunting by themselves, the Russians forced the Aleuts to do the work for them. Many of Aleuts had been removed from their home islands and sent as far south as California to hunt sea otter.
The Great Kobuk Sand Dune is located in ...
Alaska. The Great Kobuk Sand Dune is located 65 km behind Arctic circle. Summer temperature may reach as high as 29°C! The 30 meters high dune is one of Alaska curiosities. There are 3 sets of dunes in the Kobuk Valley national park - Great Kobuk, Little Kobuk and Hunt River Dune that together cover 40 square km, and comprise the largest active Arctic dune field in North America.
What is the third longest river of the North America? (after Mississippi and Missouri)
Yukon, having 1,979 mil (3,185 km), is just 223 miles shorter than Mississippi. Despite its length, there are only four vehicles-carrying bridges across the river.
How many states are not in the contiguous United States?
Two. It's Hawaii and Alaska. Hawaii is also the only state not located in the Americas.
Which of these mountains is the highest measured from base to summit?
Denali in Alaska. The tallest mountain from base to summit. Using that measurement, Denali is taller than Mount Everest. Denali rises about 18,000 feet (5,500 meters) from its base, which is a greater vertical rise than Everest's 12,000-foot rise (3,700 meters) from its base at 17,000 feet (5,200 meters). But Denali and Everest are both dwarfed by Mauna Kea in Hawaii. When measured from the ocean floor to its summit, that mountain is 33,476 feet (10,204 meters) tall. However, only 13,803 feet (4,207 meters) rise above sea level.
The hills visible in the picture lie in the Mackenzie delta, in northwestern Canada. What are these terrain forms called?
Pingo is a mound of earth-covered ice. Frozen water creates it. These terrain forms are created in areas of long-term permafrost. Most of them lie in the Mackenzie delta.
How much did it cost the US to buy Alaska from Russia?
$7.2M. The looming U.S. Civil War delayed the sale, but after the war, Secretary of State William Seward quickly took up a renewed Russian offer and on March 30, 1867, agreed to a proposal from the Russian Minister in Washington, Edouard de Stoeckl, to purchase Alaska for $7.2 million.
This is a statue of a heroic dog, erected in 1925 in Central Park. What was the dog's name?
Balto was a sled dog who led his team on the final leg of the 1925 serum run to Nome, in which diphtheria antitoxin was transported to combat an outbreak of the disease. After the mission's success, Balto and the Norwegian Gunnar Kaasen, who drove the sled, became celebrities.
From whom did the U.S. purchase Alaska?
Russia. The United States purchased Alaska from the Russian Empire on March 30, 1867, for 7.2 million U.S. dollars. The area went through several administrative changes before becoming organized as a territory on May 11, 1912. It was admitted as the 49th state of the U.S. on January 3, 1959.