Q. We are doing a state report on Alaska and need a topic for the letter X and Z. Do you have any suggestions? -Karen
A. This is a rather fun question, Karen. Always happy to help with your homework! Well, Z is easy, but I’ll have to put my great brain to work on X, I think.
Z is for Zinc! Yes, Alaska has zinc mining. I only have figures thru 2004, but that year was our 9th in a row for a billion dollar year in the mining of minerals.
The Red Dog Mine north of Kotzebue, produces zinc. It is not only the world’s largest zinc mine, but has the world’s largest reserve of zinc. The Green Creeks Mine near Juneau also produces zinc. If you’d like to read more about it, Karen, go to this website:
www.answers.com/topic/red-dog-mine-alaska It has quite a lot of interesting info.
Now, for X! My great brain has been grinding away. (grind, clash, burble, bleep, pfffft) Ah, here it comes. Xanadu! Which Webster’s says is a place of idyllic beauty! That’s Alaska my dear. And see how I’ve helped you? Your homework is done! Go have a glass of milk and a brownie. -Bonnie J.