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Subj:     Interesting Geography 
          From: jbcary1 on 3/12/2007
Globe from Steve Gibbs

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

The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% 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 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 
precip itation is about two inches Although covered 
with ice (all but 0.4% of it, i.e.), Antarctica is 
the driest place on the planet, with an absolute 
humidity lower than the Gobi desert. 

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

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

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

Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the 
designation M-1, named so 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 

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

Los Angeles 
Los Angeles'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. 

New York City 
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. 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. 

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. 

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 eve ry continent. 

Siberia contains more than 25% of the world's 

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, 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 

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. 

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.
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.

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.

Waterfall from Badger's Animated GIF Gallery