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View Poll Results: Pika State!
Alaska 52 50.00%
California 33 31.73%
Omg I can't choose so everyone's a winner! 19 18.27%
Voters: 104. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 04-30-2010, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Greater PDX
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If anyone has spent significant time in both states, I don't see how you can possibly vote for Cali. Who cares about the "diversity" of the inland desert...it's freakin' dusty farm land, and it's what...half the state?

Cali does have a ton of diversity and is mighty impressive...but it isn't even in Alaska's league. Saying that Alaska is all tundra/snow-covered is like saying Cali is nothing but LA-area posers.
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Old 04-30-2010, 03:54 PM
 
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If anyone has spent significant time in both states, I don't see how you can possibly vote for Cali. Who cares about the "diversity" of the inland desert...it's freakin' dusty farm land, and it's what...half the state?

Cali does have a ton of diversity and is mighty impressive...but it isn't even in Alaska's league. Saying that Alaska is all tundra/snow-covered is like saying Cali is nothing but LA-area posers.
Why couldn't you vote Cali? I ALASKA is ALOT more GRAND, I agree with that, but palm trees, mountains and beaches with cliffs, palisades and a Mediterranean climate isn't beautiful? Snow capped Mountains and Glaciers that are only a couple of hours away from the Hottest Deserts and miles of sand dunes aren't beautiful? Miles and Miles of fertile land and golden rolling hills aren't beautiful? I think voting EITHER way is a win win. There is no WRONG vote.
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Old 04-30-2010, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Northridge, Los Angeles, CA
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If anyone has spent significant time in both states, I don't see how you can possibly vote for Cali. Who cares about the "diversity" of the inland desert...it's freakin' dusty farm land, and it's what...half the state?

Cali does have a ton of diversity and is mighty impressive...but it isn't even in Alaska's league. Saying that Alaska is all tundra/snow-covered is like saying Cali is nothing but LA-area posers.
Because there are these things called "opinions" that everyone is allowed to have. "Natural Beauty" isn't anything tangible but rather a feeling you get when you see it, and you can't measure it by numbers..ergo, people can say whatever want.

Anyways, where did you get that half of California is the desert? Here's ecological California's composition

Source: Ecology of California - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

38.6% Forest (source: Hardwood Forest Foundation: Experience: California)
25.6% Dry Steppe (Central Valley source: Central Valley (California) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
15.3% Desert (Colorado and Mojave source: California's Deserts)
20.5% Coastal Chaparral (subtracted this from the remainder)

So the largest section of California's ecology is in fact, Forest. Of course, no one really recognizes that and instead looks at the 15.3% that IS desert and 25.6% that is the Central Valley (combined 41.9%).

Of course, Alaska would have more of an isolated, virgin, untouched feeling to its wilderness. But don't dismiss California as some "dry dusty farmland desert".
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Old 12-27-2010, 05:33 PM
 
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Which state do you think is more beautiful naturally?
Alaska!! Full of wild beauty, the kind that much of the world has never laid eyes upon. Mountains that majestically envelop you and seem to go on forever. Amazing wildlife worthy of the utmost respect. THE freshest crisp air and cold clean water, that we Alaskans sometimes take for granted. It just doesn't get any better than this. [FONT=Book Antiqua] [/FONT]
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:17 PM
 
Location: Westminster/Huntington Beach, CA
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Oh ya, compare a state that is 1/5 the size of the U.S. to a state that is 1/20 the size. C'mon now.
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:17 PM
 
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Why couldn't you vote Cali? I ALASKA is ALOT more GRAND, I agree with that, but palm trees, mountains and beaches with cliffs, palisades and a Mediterranean climate isn't beautiful? Snow capped Mountains and Glaciers that are only a couple of hours away from the Hottest Deserts and miles of sand dunes aren't beautiful? Miles and Miles of fertile land and golden rolling hills aren't beautiful? I think voting EITHER way is a win win. There is no WRONG vote.
yes there is a wrong vote because there is a clear winner no contest.
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Washington, D.C.
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Alaska
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:46 PM
 
Location: San Mateo County, CA
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Great discussion question. I think Hawaii is right up there too, along with Oregon and Washington. But I'd give California the edge over all of those states, including Alaska, due to the diversity of natural beauty. Imagine what it must have looked like before there were 37 million people here! Though I suppose the diversity of people is part of our beauty too.
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Old 12-27-2010, 11:53 PM
 
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Due to the revival of my old thread, I'll post one of my favorite pictures I've found online.

Aurora over Mt. McKinley, Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska:

http://files6.fliiby.com/images/_ori...p209xvy0rj.jpg

I can't wait to see Alaska!

Also, I agree that Hawaii is also up there in the natural beauty category. I love this picture!

http://hawaii-photo-gallery.com/index.php?showimage=468
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