Posts Tagged ‘Sahara Desert’


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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

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

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

Los Angeles

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 to play the  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

Spain literally means ‘the land of  rabbits’.

St. Paul , Minnesota

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 .