Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Interesting Geography Facts

Brazil got its name from the nut -- not the other way around.

Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.'

There are no natural lakes in the state of Ohio -- every one is man-made.

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.

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.

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 years.

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