Fairbanks, Alaska in the central Tanana Valley


Fairbanks, Alaska in the central Tanana Valley Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features the city of Fairbanks, the second largest city in Alaska.

Fairbanks is known for its museums, historic sites, and native Alaskan culture, and is located just over 12 miles from the city of North Pole.

It is located in the central Tanana Valley on the banks of the Chena River near its confluence with the Tanana River.

The Tanana River’s name is an Athabascan word meaning “river trail.” The river flows in a northwest direction across 584 miles along the base of the Alaska Range before joining the Yukon River near the village of Tanana. 

According to ESA, the river drains the north slopes of the high Alaska Range and is fed by several glaciers. Located in the Alaska Range, Denali is the highest mountain in North America and reaches an elevation of over 6,000 meters. Middle Tanana Valley Rest Of Tonight Partly cloudy.

Areas of freezing fog and ice fog early in the evening, then areas of ice fog and patchy freezing fog. Visibility one mile or less at times decreasing to one quarter mile or less at times after midnight. Lows around 40 below. Light winds. Wednesday Mostly clear.  Fairbanks is the largest city of Alaska’s interior. Population is around 90,000 people, many of which are scattered in cabins in the surrounding forests. Fairbanks, Alaska in the central Tanana Valley as seen above in video showing the distance of between the coast and how far the terrain goes.

Video Credit: ESA

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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