OCTOBER 1, 2008
THE COUNTRY CORNER
More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in
The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% of 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 precipitation 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 Village.'
Next to Warsaw, Chicago has the largest Polish population in the world.
Woodward Avenue in Detroit,
Michigan, carries the designation M-1, so named because it was the first paved road anywhere.
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, is the only city in the world located on two continents.
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 City of Rome, Italy in 133 B.C. There is a city called Rome on every continent.
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