About Alaska



Most of Alaska is surrounded by water. To the north and northwest, respectively, are the Beaufort Sea and the Chukchi Sea, both of which merge into the Arctic Ocean. To the southeast is the Gulf of Alaska, which blends into the Pacific Ocean. The Bering Sea is to the southwest.

Arctic Ocean

The Arctic Ocean is the smallest of all the oceans. It lies almost entirely above the Arctic Circle and is extremely cold and covered in ice most of the time. It is divided into two basins, the Eurasian Basin, and the North American Basin, by the Lomonosov Ridge. The outlets for this ocean are the Bering Strait, between Alaska and Russia; the Davis Strait, between Greenland and Canada; and the Denmark Strait and the Norwegian Sea, between Greenland and Europe. This ocean is home to fish, seals, walruses and whales due to its low temperature. The center of this ocean is covered by an average 10-foot-thick polar icepack that extends outward during the winter months, doubling in size and extending to encircling landmasses. Open seas surround the icepack during the summer months but it never completely disappears.

Pacific Ocean

The Pacific Ocean is the largest of all oceans. It covers about 28 percent of the global surface and is 15 times the size of the United States. During the winter, sea ice forms and many ships are also subjected to icing from October to May. The Pacific Ocean is home to marine life forms such as sea lions, sea otters, seals, turtles and whales. Economically, the Pacific Ocean offers accessible, relatively low-cost sea transportation, extensive fishing grounds, offshore oil and gas fields, minerals, and sand and gravel for the construction industry and more than 60 percent of the world's fish come from the Pacific Ocean.

Gulf of Alaska

The Alaska Current and the Alaska Coastal Current take over the Gulf of Alaska. These currents function as pathways for organisms and the resources upon which they depend. A few inlets, such as Cook Inlet and Prince William Sound, protect organisms from the strong currents. This gulf contains many large glaciers and icebergs that are carried to sea by the strong currents.

Bering Sea

The Bering Sea is one of the largest marine ecosystems in the world. It is between Siberia and Alaska. To the north, it is connected to the Chukchi Sea and Arctic Ocean by the Bering Strait; the Pacific Ocean lies to Bering Sea's south, past the Aleutian Islands and the Alaska Peninsula from which the islands trail. The Bering Sea is home to many large birds and marine animals, such as fur seals and whales. The sea's temperature increased over the past 50 years, reducing certain fish and marine animal populations. This worries people in the fishing industries, as this sea has been one of its major sources of fish.

Beaufort Sea

The Beaufort Sea is north of Alaska within the Arctic Ocean. It was named after the British rear admiral Sir Francis Beaufort. The sea covers about 184,000 square miles and the average depth is 3,239 feet, but it plunges as far as 15,360 feet down. The sea is frozen solid in the central and northern area with the coastal icepack opening in August and September. Whales and sea birds are two of the most common animals found near Alaska in the Beaufort Sea. In 1986, many petroleum reserves were found in Alaska's Prudhoe Bay, which is within the this sea.

Chukchi Sea

The Chukchi Sea is also within the Arctic Ocean, northwest of Alaska. This sea contains a shallow floor that provides nutrients and habitat for animals such as walruses, ice seals, whales, sea birds and polar bears. This sea is home to a tenth of the world's population of polar bears. The changing climate, causing temperature to rise, is affecting the population of polar bears, because the melting ice is making it more difficult for them to hunt for food. As the sea ice continues to melt, many oil and gas companies are interested in drilling in that specific area.

McFarlands Floatel

Thorne Bay, Prince of Wales-Hyder Census Area County, Alaska

Waterfront Alaskan Lodge- Southeast Majestic wonder with 600'+ waterfront & 16.73 Acres. With 4 custom log cabins plus The Wolf Lodge with meeting room, kitchen & executive apartment. this property is an ideal business venture, corporate retreat or getaway! Pristine with dock, skiffs, boathouse, fish station, independent water source & so much more. A floating owners home/tackle shop & float plane dock give novelty & that amazing Alaskan experience. Located in the protected waters of Thorne Bay with private road access. A truly special property

Mary Wanzer , Coastal Real Estate Group

16.73 ACRES
8120 SQ FT
Panoramic Water Views

Ketchikan, Ketchikan Gateway County, Alaska

Inspired by its surroundings, this Cape Cod style home seamlessly blends interior and exterior elements. Perched above the shoreline offering captivating views. Newly constructed 3BR/2BA with reverse floor plan offering optimal water views from every angle. Quality finishes include yellow pine wood flooring, natural quartz counter tops, custom kitchen island & stone gas fireplace. Every inch of the home flows together in harmony to present comfort, warmth and artistry.

Mary Wanzer , Coastal Real Estate Group

0.15 ACRES
1624 SQ FT

Wasilla, Matanuska-Susitna County, Alaska

ALASKA'S MOST AWESOME MAN CAVE on 5 private acres with 330ft lake frontage! If you love the outdoors and getting away from it all, - bring your float plane, snow machines, four-wheelers, dirt bikes, four wheelers, boat/ skis/tube, canoe, and kayaks- Not only will you get a fabulous outdoor playground, it comes with a Custom Lindal Cedar home to rest your tired achy feet after playing so hard! If you or your buyer's are looking for a place to get away from it all and enjoy some peace and quiet you can drive or fly in to enjoy this unique property! Custom Lindal Cedar home with additional guest cabin and large drive-in drive out shop for big toy storage. New hottub ready to melt all your worries away, backup generator, plenty of parking and room to build additional cabins or dream shop! Would be ideal for a VRBO Investment- you won't have any problem getting people to stay here- it's truly an Alaskan Oasis! If Lindal Cedar Homes built this home today it would cost $220.00 per sq ft. That's $468,160.00 and that does not include 5 acres of waterfront which goes for up to $200,000+- and all the extras that come with this home: A guest cabin with its own heating unit, large heated workshop with sleeping loft or storage; 3 car carport, Concrete building that houses the Generator; lake pump with fire hose which should give you a discount on home insurance; Wrap around deck and lower deck with walkway to water's edge, hottub only used once since new a year ago, 20 ft Native Totem Pole hauled in from Anchorage- you just need to install a dock for your water toys or float plane!


5.10 ACRES
2128 SQ FT

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