About Alaska

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.

 
 
 
$749,000
Custom Island Retreat

Saxman, Ketchikan Gateway County, Alaska


Alaskan Off the Grid living near the "creature comforts" you want! This home is truly the best of both worlds! Located on the more desirable East Channel of Pennock Island in Bald Headed Cove, the home sits on a 3.21 acre lot of mostly level land and boasts 409 feet of waterfrontage. Enjoy the water views that this 3000 sq. ft. home has to offer, two minutes from the newly renovated Saxman Seaport harbor. The dock for the home has been recently upgraded to 16” steel pilings, making it comparable to a commercial dock. Built from lumber milled onsite, as well as some historic refurbished materials this three bedroom, two bath home has too many amazing custom features to list. The subsiding and siding have all been milled on site. The walls are 12" thick including the siding and are very well insulated. Countertops in the kitchen are reconditioned alleys from Ketchikans' own bowling alley and the outside decking has all been salvaged from the old wood stave water main used around town. Even the glass blocks highlighting the door to the master bedroom have been salvaged from a local building remodel. This home brings off-grid living at its finest with all the comforts of on-the-grid lifestyle due to specialized amenities for self-sufficiency that include solar power with battery storage, inverter, and two wiring systems throughout (12-volt for low energy use and 12 KW diesel generator for 110-volt). There are two 3000 gallon water tanks to ensure there is always plenty of water and it only takes minimal rain on the large roof to fill them back up again. The finished attic space has plenty of room for play, crafts, reading – whatever might strike one’s fancy! The home features custom and unique wood work throughout; the wood was sourced locally and milled on-site. Multiple outbuildings are located on the property, most notably a woodworker’s dream workshop and a large area for working on equipment out of the rain! The home is heated by a Fisher wood stove as well a Kuma oil stove to provide supplemental heat for cold winter days. All appliances are propane, with the exception of the washer and dryer. A pipe system feeds hot water from the wood stove into the propane hot water tank to lower propane usage during the winter when the wood stove is burning all the time. All of these features make this home completely self-sufficient and not dependent on a public utility. Besides the butcher block counter tops, the kitchen features a bay window where you can eat your meals and enjoy the ever-active waterfront. The master bedroom with its panoramic views is a must-see! An abundance of eagles frequent the cove, as well as heron, kingfisher, and deer. Whales, sea lions, sea otters and mink have all been seen from the living room window! Halibut and salmon fishing are just a quick boat ride away. The possibilities are endless with this lovely retreat. This incredible home with walkable waterfront makes this property a must see. Open, light & bright best describe this wonderful home. There are wild blueberry and huckleberry bushes steps from the house, an attached greenhouse as well as an outside gardening area, and rocked road access to the rear of the house extending from the beach. Enjoy the quiet solitude of life on an island. Live the adventure of off-the-grid living (and save yourself a bunch of money by not paying a monthly utility bill!). Some tools will be left but many others to make this a turn-key, off grid situation, are available for purchase. Add these items to your new home to make remote, off grid living easy! Make an appointment to see it today!

Jonna Cragun , Ketchikan Realty LLC

3.21 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
2844 SQ FT
 
$549,000
Waterfront with dock

Ketchikan, Ketchikan Gateway County, Alaska


Enjoy the privacy of this waterfront home with the convenience of being just minutes from downtown. The property is almost 1/2 acre with 114' of water frontage that includes a pier, ramp & dock that will accommodate your pleasure or fishing vessel. The residence features a main 1BR/1BA home with an additional 2BR/1BA guest home, both have been recently updated with quality finishes that

Mary Wanzer , Coastal Real Estate Group

0.46 ACRES
3 BEDROOMS
2 BATHROOMS
1900 SQ FT
 
$1,499,000
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
12 BEDROOMS
8 BATHROOMS
8120 SQ FT

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