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chapter 2

Alaska Alaska

is big.

At

663,300 square miles, it’s about the size of Germany, Poland, and France combined. To put its size into perspective, if Alaska were a sovereign nation, it would be the eighteenth-largest country on the planet. This picturesque state is filled with scenic (if cold) ocean views, thick forests, the highest mountains in the United States, one hundred thousand glaciers, and abundant wildlife. The one thing it’s not filled with is people; Alaska’s population is 737,259—comparable to Detroit—and half of them live in the Anchorage metropolitan area. That works out to a population density of just 1.2 people per square mile. Alaska also has 6,640 miles of coastline, which is more than all the other states combined. That’s a lot of open area for bears, moose, and killer whales, but it’s also a haven for monsters.

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