World Geography


World Geography

There are so many facts about the earth that it is impossible for anyone to know every single one. Here are a few so you will know just a little bit more about this beautiful planet on which we live.

  • Approximately one-tenth of the earth’s surface is ice-covered.

  • Mt. Everest grows approximately four millimetres a year. This is due to the tectonic plates of Asia and India. These plates collided millions of years ago and this is how the Himalayas were formed. These two plates continue to press against each other, causing the entire mountain range to grow a tiny bit every year.

  • One out of every ten attempts to attempts to climb Mt. Everest ends in fatality.

  • Alaska and California are tied for having the most national parks in the United States. They each have eight.

  • Greenland is the largest island in the world. It is 840,000 square miles, which is approximately three times the size of Texas.

  • The name “Canada” comes from the Indian term meaning, “Big Village.”

  • Rome was discovered in 753 BC and Damascus, Syria was thriving and flourishing thousands of years before this. That makes Damascus the oldest city ever that has always been inhabited.

  • Only one county in Great Britain has two coasts. That county is Devon.

  • Walt Disney World, located in Orlando, Florida, covers a massive 30,500 acres. That’s 46 square miles and makes it twice as big as the island of Manhattan.

  • The hottest temperature ever recorded was in El Azizia, Libya. On September 13, 1922, it reached the sizzling temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • The coldest temperature ever recorded was on July 21, 1983. The temperature dropped to -129 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • There is only one continent that holds no deserts. That continent is Europe.

  • The Pacific Ocean holds 46 percent of the world’s water. It has approximately six sextillions of water. The Atlantic holds 23.9 percent, the Indian Ocean holds 20.3 percent, and the Arctic holds 3.7 percent.

  • The Arctic Ocean is not only the smallest ocean in the world, it’s also the shallowest. Its surface is comprised mostly of ice, ice floes, and icebergs.

  • The Atlantic Ocean contains more salt than the Pacific Ocean even though it is smaller.

  • There is only one state in the United States that’s name is only one syllable. That state is Maine.

  • Mexico City sinks every year. It sinks approximately six to eight inches every year due to the fact that it is built on an underground water reservoir. To keep the city safe for the ever-growing population of fifteen million people, wells draw out the water every year.

  • Niagara Falls has more water flowing over it every year than any other waterfall in the world.

  • Quito, Ecuador is nicknamed the “Land of Eternal Spring” due to its pleasant climate. It’s said to have the nicest climate in the entire world. During the night it’s rare for the temperature to drop below forty-six degrees Fahrenheit and it also rarely gets above seventy-two degrees Fahrenheit during the day.

  • The surface of the earth covers 196,950,711 square miles.

  • The Eiffel Tower was built specifically to be shown at the World’s Fair in 1889.

  • Rome, Italy was the first city to reach a population of one million people. They reached it in 133 BC.

  • The flag of the Philippines is the only flag that is flown differently depending on the state of the country. The flag is comprised of one blue part and one red part. If the country is at war, the red portion is flown on top. If the country is at peace, the blue portion is flown on top.

  • The world’s largest landfill site is the Fresh Kills Landsite on Staten Island, New York. It comprises three thousand acres and receives up to 14,000 tons of garbage a day.

  • One-fifth of the world’s freshwater surface is held by the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes are Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Lake Michigan, and Lake Superior. Lake Michigan is the only one that lies completely in the United States. All others are shared by Canada and the United States. Combined, they hold approximately six quadrillions of water and are the largest group of freshwater lakes in the entire world. Lake Superior is the largest freshwater body in the world.

  • Vatican City is the smallest independent state in the entire world. It has a population of 1,000 people and it also has a zero birthrate

World Geography

World Geography

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