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.
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.”
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
temperature ever recorded was in El Azizia, Libya. On September
13, 1922, it reached the sizzling temperature of 136 degrees
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
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,
The Atlantic Ocean
contains more salt than the Pacific Ocean even though it is
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.
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.