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Interesting Facts and Figures Regarding World Geography

It should come as no surprise that the world always manages to take you by surprise, even with the most basic of scientific information, given how many places there are to go and things there are to find. It seems that our relatively small and blue planet is actually more comparable to a vast and thick encyclopaedia of information that is just waiting to be uncovered.

The following is a list of fascinating information regarding the geography of the planet we call Earth

1. The movement of continents occurs at a rate comparable to that at which your fingernails grow.

2. The mountain known as Mt. Thor, which is located on Baffin Island in Canada, has the greatest sheer vertical drop on the planet (4,101 feet).

If you were to take just one step off the peak, you would fall for almost an entire mile before hitting anything.

3. The population of the Northern Hemisphere accounts for ninety percent of the world’s total population.

4. The state of California has more people than the entire country of Canada combined.

Canada: 35.85 million. 39.14 million people live in California. (As indicated by research conducted in 2015)

5. The size of Australia is comparable to that of the moon.

6. There is an island in the Philippines that is located within a lake, on another island that is located within a lake, on another island.

7. The current elevation of the Dead Sea is 429 metres below sea level, and it is sinking at a rate of about 1 metre per year.

8. Due to the existence of two islands that are collectively referred to as Big (Russian) and Little (U.S.) Diomede, there are times of the year when it is possible to walk from the United States to Russia.

At their respective points of closest proximity, Russia and the United States are approximately 2.4 miles apart from one another.

9. The Marianas Trench, which is the deepest part of the ocean, is large enough to accommodate Mount Everest, which is the tallest mountain in the world.

10. Russia spans 11 time zones.

It is possible that it is seven o’clock in the morning in one part of Russia while it is six o’clock in the evening in another.

11. The Vatican City State is the world’s smallest sovereign nation.

12. Only Africa spans all four hemispheres, making it unique among continents.

Facts that are of interest pertaining to Geography

As a student of Geography, it is always recommended to locate and remember all important physiographic divisions like mountains, lakes, and rivers etc. in different parts of the world. These can be found in different parts of the globe. A helpful hint is to invest in a decent atlas and become familiar with the places and names listed below.


Continents – 7: (Based on Size) Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia are the seven continents that make up the world.

Africa is the continent that is home to the greatest number of independent nations.

Europe is the only continent that does not have any deserts.

major civilizations in Asia, with the exception of the Egyptian civilization, which was located in Africa.


Oceans, number 4: (Based on Size) The Pacific, the Atlantic, the Indian, and then the Arctic.


Amazon – S.America.

Nile – Egypt (Africa).


Largest saltwater lake – Caspian Sea (Europe).

The largest lake entirely composed of freshwater is Superior (N.America).


Alps – Europe

Map of Africa – Atlas

Kilimanjaro – Africa

Northern American Appalachians

North America’s Rocky Mountains

South America, the Andes

Ural – Asia/Europe


The Niagara Falls are located in North America.

Iguassu Falls are located in South America.

Angel waterfalls -S.America


Mt. Etna is the only volcano in Europe that is currently active.

Desert of the Atacama, located in South America.

Amazon South America is home to the Amazon Rainforest.

Asia can be broken down into its component parts as follows: South Asia (comprising India), South East Asia (ASEAN), Central Asia, West Asia, and East Asia.

The island of Tasmania is located in Australia.

Tanzania – In Africa.

Laurazia – Asia, Europe, Greenland, N.America.

Part of Gondwanaland were the continents of India, Australia, Africa, Madagascar, and South America. Gondwanaland.

Africa (54), Asia (47), Europe (43), North America (23), Australia (14), and South America make up the total number of nations that are members of the United Nations (193). (12).

Taiwan, Palestine*, Vatican City, and Kosovo are examples of countries that are not members of the United Nations.

27 countries make up the European Union.

Euro is a common currency used by 17 countries.

The Antarctic Treaty was signed in 1959.

The Maranon and the Ucayali are the rivers that combine to form the Amazon.

Cape Agulhas – África.

The Dead Sea is the lowest point.

Highway 90, which is the lowest road.

Marco Polo (1271 AD) – Traveller from Venice.


In the fascinating field of geography, we study the landscapes and inhabitants of different parts of the globe, such as mountains, rivers, lakes, and oceans. To pique one’s interest in Geography, it can be helpful to think about the subject as though one were on a trip around the world, taking note of the various geographical features encountered in various locations.


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