The Earth In Geographical Facts

“The Blue Planet” is a huge source of curiosities when it comes to its geography. The facts below are just a few examples:

– Sudan’s GDP is about the same with that of the US state of Idaho (approximately 54 billion $).

– The total world GDP reached 70 trillion $ in 2011. In comparison, the world GDP in 2010 was about 63 trillion $.

– Approximately 40% of the total area of Brazil (or 3,3 million square km / 1,274 million square mi) is covered by the Amazon rainforest.

– Indonesia is the country with the most active volcanoes (over 130).

– In the last 100 years, Chile has experienced about 8 earthquakes rating at the minimum 8.0 extent including the 1960 Valdivia earthquake which was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded on Earth rating a extent of 9.5.

– There are 100 million privately owned cars in China.

– There are over 6,300 ships that are registered in the country of Panama.

– Lesotho is an community and a landlocked country that is completely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa.

– The present Croatian city of Dubrovnik was known in the Middle Ages as the Republic of Ragusa.

– Greenland is the world largest island and the least densely populated country or territory in the world.

– Russia and Bangladesh have the same number of inhabitants (approximately 142 million), but the area of Bangladesh is 115 times smaller than the area of Russia.

– Armenia has one of the oldest Christian community in the world – it was the first country that adopted Christianity in 301 AD.

– Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America (739 m / 2,425 ft).

– With a thoroughness of 3.4 km (2 mi), the Colca Canyon in the southern Peru Andes is the deepest canyon in the world.

– The Earth has fourteen mountain peaks higher that 8,000 m (26,246 ft) and all of them are located in the Himalaya Mountains.

– The first long-lasting European settlement that was established on the current area of New York was called New Amsterdam.

– Approximately 36% of the population of New York is not born in the USA.

– The Ganges Delta is the largest delta in the world.

– Salar de Uyuni, in southwest Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt field (10,582 sq km / 4,086 sq mi).

– The Bialowieska Forest is a dominant forest located in Poland and Belarus.

– The Canada – United States border is the longest border in the world (8,891 km / 5,525 mi).

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