Friday, July 21, 2017

Southcentral Alaska

Southcentral Alaska is the most populated region in Alaska and home to over half of Alaska’s population. It consists of the shorelines and uplands of the central Gulf of Alaska. It has a relatively mild climate, mountains, lakes, oceans and glaciers, making it a popular destination for visitors. Anchorage, with over 300,000 residents, is Alaska’s largest city. 

The terrain of Southcentral Alaska is shaped by six mountain ranges, the Alaska Range, Talkeetna Mountains, Wrangell Mountains, Chugach Mountains, Kenai Mountains, Tordrillo Mountains and the Aleutian Range

There are also several dormant and active volcanoes. The Wrangell Volcanoes are older, lie in the East, and include Mount Blackburn, Mount Bona, Mount Churchill, Mount Drum, Mount Gordon, Mount Jarvis, Mount Sanford, and Mount Wrangell. The Cook Inlet volcanoes, located in the Tordrillo Mountains and in the north end of the Aleutian Range, are newer and lie in the West. They include Mount Redoubt, Mount Iliamna, Hayes Volcano, Mount Augustine, Fourpeaked Mountain and Mount Spurr. Most recently, Augustine and Fourpeaked erupted in 2006, and Mount Redoubt erupted in March 2009, resulting in airplane flight cancellations.

Anchorage

City of lights

Anchorage has all the amenities of a big city while surrounded by a wilderness playground of mountains, trails, forest and ocean. The city has fine restaurants, theaters and museums yet there are 60 glaciers within 50 miles of downtown Anchorage. You can be photographing glaciers during the day …read more