Geography Facts

  • The driest place on earth is Calama, in the Atacama Desert in Chile. 
  • The Rainbow Bridge is the world's largest natural bridge. It is located at the base of Navajo Mountain, Utah and is as long as a football field. 
  • The sun is approximately 75% hydrogen, 25% helium by mass. 
  • The tallest tree recorded is located in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California. It is a coast redwood and has been measured at 117 metres high. 
  • The world's worst earthquake occurred in the Eastern Mediterranean in July 1201, killing over one million people that were predominately in Egypt and Syria. 
  • There are over one hundred billion galaxies with each galaxy having billions of stars. 
  • When the volcano Krakatoa off the Java islands exploded in 1883, it was so loud that it woke some people up in South Australia.
  • The Sea of Tranquility on the moon is deeper than the highest mountain on Earth. 
  • 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. 
  • In the United States, about 33% of land is covered by forests. 
  • The city of Tokyo was originally called Edo. 
  • Fine-grained volcanic ash can be found as an ingredient in some toothpaste. 
  • There is a place called Hell, Michigan. It is about 50 miles from Detroit, Michigan. 
  • The word Thailand means "land of the free." 
  • The thickness of the Arctic ice sheet is on average 10 feet. There are some areas that are thick as 65 feet. 
  • A volcano has enough power to shoot ash as high as 50 km into the atmosphere. 
  • In 1998, approximately 1.6 billion tree seedlings were planted in the United States. This amounts to about five trees per American. 
  • Oak trees can live 200 or more years. 
  • The country of Bolivia is named after a fighter Simon Bolivar. 
  • Finland has 187,888 lakes and 179,584 islands. 
  • The sun is approximately 149 million kilometres from the earth. 
  • The oil that is found in poison ivy is called "urushiol." 
  • Some asteroids have other asteroids orbiting them. 
  • Of all the countries, Brazil has the most plant species, with over 56,000. 
  • The city of Seoul has been the capital city of Korea for more than 600 years. 
RosesAreBlue RosesAreBlue
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2 Responses Feb 20, 2009

I love all these facts. I especially love the natural history one's. Makes you realize just how big the universe is and how small we are. Tell me more!

Oh great...I just read your post and my head is flling with these am I ever going to remember my PIN and the various appts my son has? Grr....thanks, friend! :P hee hee