Friday, November 19, 2010

Amazing Geographic Facts

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.


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


The deepest hole ever made in the world is in Texas. It is as deep as 20 Empire State Buildings but only 3 inches wide.


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.

Largest city
With its more than 35 million inhabitants (as of 2003) the capital of Japan, Tokyo, is being the most populated metropolitan area in the world.

Deepest Lake
Lake Baikal located in Siberia, Russia is 5,712 feet (1,741 meters) deep.

Country with most lakes
Canada has 31 lakes or reservoirs of about 1,300 sq km (about 500 sq mi) in area.

Longest River
The Nile River in Egypt is 4,160 miles (6,695 km) long. It flows into the Mediterranean Sea.

Largest Ocean
Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest of the world's four oceans. It covers more than a third of the earth's surface and contains more than half of its free water.

Monaco is the most densely populated country in the world. (Population – 32,543, area – 1 sq. mi).

Mongolia is the most thinly populated country in the world. (Population – 2,832,224, area 603,909 sq. mi).

South Africa
South Africa has 11 official languages, 9 of them are native.

Finland has about 60,000 lakes.

India has more people than the US, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan and Bangladesh combined. Her total population is 1.09 billion.

Budapest was originally two separate cities, Buda and Pest. The 2 areas are separated by the Danube River.

Iceland, the “Land of Fire and Ice" has more than 200 volcanoes and 120 glaciers.

Surrounded by Switzerland and Austria, which themselves also have no access to the sea, Liechtenstein is said to be “doubly landlocked.”

Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world.

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