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oxymoron
Posted: Sunday, April 18, 2010 9:34:38 PM
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Alaska
More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.

Amazon
The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20%
of the world's oxygen supply.
The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, more than one hundred miles at sea off the mouth of the river, one can dip fresh water out of the ocean. The volume of water in the Amazon river is greater than the next eight largest rivers in the world combined and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States.

Antarctica
Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.
Ninety percent of the world's ice covers Antarctica.
This ice also represents seventy percent of all the fresh water in the world.
As strange as it sounds, however, Antarctica is essentially a desert;
the average yearly total precipitation is about two inches.
Although covered with ice (all but 0.4% of it, ice.),
Antarctica is the driest place on the planet,
with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.

Brazil
Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.

Canada
Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined. Canada is an Indian word meaning 'Big Village'.

Chicago
Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.

Detroit
Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1,
so named because it was the first paved road anywhere.

Damascus,
Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years
before Rome was founded in 753 BC, making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.

Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two continents.

Los Angeles' full name is:
El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula
-- and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.

New York City
The term 'The Big Apple' was coined

by touring jazz musicians of the 1930s,who used the slang expression 'apple' for any town or city. Therefore, to play New York City is big time, the big apple.
There are more Irish in New York City than in Dublin, Ireland; more Italians in New York City than in Rome, Italy; and more Jews in New York City than in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Ohio
There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio, every one is manmade.

Pitcairn Island
The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4,53 sq.. km.

Rome
The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133 B.C.
There is a city called Rome on every continent.

Siberia
Siberia contains more than 25% of the world's forests.

S.M..O.M.
The actual smallest sovereign entity in the world is the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (S.M.O.M). It is located in the city of Rome, Italy, has an area of two tennis courts and, as of 2001, has a population of 80, 20 less people than the Vatican. It is a sovereign entity under international law, just as the Vatican is.

Sahara Desert
In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, Algeria, which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years. Technically though, the driest place on Earth is in the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross Island. There has been no rainfall there for two million years

Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits'.

St. Paul, Minnesota, was originally called Pig's Eye after a man named Pierre 'Pig's Eye' Parrant who set up the first business there.

Roads,
Chances that a road is unpaved: in the U.S.A. = 1%; in Canada = .75%

Russia
The deepest hole ever drilled by man is the Kola Superdeep Borehole, in Russia.
It reached a depth of 12,261 meters (about 40,226 feet or 7.62 miles). It was drilled for scientific research and gave up some unexpected discoveries, one of which was a huge deposit of hydrogen, so massive that the mud coming from the hole was boiling with it.

United States
The Eisenhower interstate system requires that one mile in every five must be straight.
These straight sections are usable as airstrips in times of war or other emergencies.

Waterfalls
The water of Angel Falls (the world's highest) in Venezuela drops 3,212 feet (979 meters).
They are 15 times higher than Niagara Falls.

I have always said, you should learn something new every day.. Unfortunately, many of us are at that age where what we learn today, we forget tomorrow.
But, give it a shot anyway.
daidev
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 12:09:53 AM
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Thanks oxymoron!!!! I am a student of geography but I knew only the height of Angel Falls from the list. Shame on me :(
boneyfriend
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 1:03:19 AM

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Love geography facts, oxymoron. Thanks.
srirr
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 1:29:30 AM

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Good piece of info, Oxy. Thanks!

can you please also share the URL of such interesting facts? Would love to explore more.
Khan
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 3:28:17 AM
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fantastic and fabulous.Thanks
kaleem
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 3:58:48 AM
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Very informative and amazing.


vr091073
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 5:17:51 AM
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Thoroughly edifying! Thanks, oxymoron.
oxymoron
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 8:23:13 AM
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You are all very welcome, I received it in an email yesterday and thought I'd share it with you it did have maps and images. My geography is pretty reasonable but my IT technichal skills let me down here as do not know how to transfer such items; have just discovered how to post links but you can't do that with emails, or can you?
Christine
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 8:41:05 AM
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Great Lakes

This chain of 5 large freshwater lakes form the largest lake group in the world, covering an area of 95,000 sq miles.


Thanks Oxymoron
Susie
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 9:35:16 AM
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Interesting info, and I did learn something new today for sure. Thanks for sharing!! :)Applause
genome
Posted: Monday, April 19, 2010 10:48:38 AM
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Thanks for the info oxymoron. It was a good compilation of facts. Applause
boneyfriend
Posted: Sunday, May 29, 2011 12:49:08 AM

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Earth's Extremes
(Thanks to National Geographic's Atlas of the World, 2008 Edition)

HOTTEST PLACE: Dalol, Denakil Depression, Ethiopia; annual average temperature 34 C, 93 F

COLDEST PLACE: Plateau Station, Antartica; annual average temperature -56.7 C, -70 F

WETTEST PLACE: Mawsynram, Assam, India; annual average rainfall 11,873 mm, 38 3/4 ft. (did I do that right?)

DRIEST PLACE: Atacama Desert, Chile; rainfall barely measurable

HIGHEST WATERFALL: Angel, Venzuela; 979 meters, .609 miles

LARGEST DESERT: Sahara, Africa; 9,000,000 sq km, 3,474,919 sq miles

LARGEST CANYON: Grand Canyon, Colorado River, Arizona; 443 km long along river, 180 m to 29 km wide, about 1.6 km deep.

excaelis
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WINDIEST PLACE : Port Martin, Antarctica. Ave. 40 mph for at least 100 days per year.

HIGHEST RECORDED WIND SPEED : Barrow Island, Aus.,1996 during cyclone Olivia. 253 mph.

MOST ANNOYING PLACE : Toronto Canada at 2 a.m. if you're hungry
Jyrkkä Jätkä
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boneyfriend
Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011 6:51:45 PM

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Those were great Kolli. I am emailing them to my friends. I love geography.
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