Fun Facts

Here are some Geographical Fun Facts! They’re in alphabetical order ūüôā

GEOGRAPHY
FACTS

Alaska

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More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is
in Alaska .

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Amazon

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The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% the world’s oxygen
supply.

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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 .

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Antarctica

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Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country.

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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.

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Brazil

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

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Canada

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

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Chicago

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

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Detroit

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

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Damascus, Syria

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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.

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Istanbul, Turkey

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Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two
continents (Asia and Europe).

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Los Angeles

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Los Angele’s 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.

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New York City

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The term ‘The Big Apple’ was coined by touring jazz musicians of
the 1930’s who used the slang expression ‘apple’ for any town or city.
Therefore, to play New York City is to play the big time – The Big Apple.

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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 .

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Ohio

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

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Pitcairn Island

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

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Rome

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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.

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Siberia

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

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S.M.O.M.

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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.

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Sahara Desert

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In the Sahara Desert , there is a town named Tidikelt , Algeria
, which did not receive a drop of rain for ten years.

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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.

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Spain

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Spain literally means ‘the land of rabbits.’

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St. Paul, Minnesota

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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.

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Roads

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

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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.

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United States

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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.

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Waterfalls

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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 .

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I hope you enjoyed!!

~sjjt

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