‘Australia Is Wider Than The Moon’ And More Of The Most Mind Blowing Geography Facts.

Geography is one of those subjects in school that always seems so boring. Other than colouring maps and learning the general location of places, it doesn't seem like there's much more to it. Well, that's where you'd be wrong.

Here, people share the most incredible geography facts that you probably weren't aware of.

1/29. If we all lived at the same population density as the people do in New York City, every single human on the planet would fit in the state of Texas.


2/29. The Pacific Ocean is massive, it's essentially it's own hemisphere. There's a few points where if you started in the Pacific Ocean, and travel directly through the centre of the earth (through the core), and popped out on the opposite side of the planet, you'd still be in the Pacific Ocean.


3/29. Russia spans 11 time zones. At one end of Russia it could be 7 in the morning and at the other it's 6 in the evening.


4/29. The Dead Sea is currently 429 meters below sea level (and sinking about 1 meter a year).

I did some work in Jordan, and that caused some GPS receivers to mess up, as they thought the negative height was an error.


5/29. There's a small 1 Km2 tip of Russia that points into Estonia. What makes this interesting is that there are some Estonian villages that for a long time were only accessible by a road that goes through this small bit of Russia. For convenience they actually allow people to drive through there under the conditions that you have to travel by car and not stop. So it's possible to legally enter Russia without a visa, though be it for only a short while.


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6/29. Australia is wider than the moon.


7/29. England is smaller than Louisiana.

If you combine England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, then together they are a bit smaller than the deceptively large state of Michigan.


8/29. Somebody owns a ranch in Texas that is bigger than the state of Rhode Island. 825,000 Acres!


9/29. 90% of Canadians live within 100 miles of the US border.


10/29. The Appalachian mountains used to be as tall as the Rockies but are shrinking. Meanwhile the Himalayan mountains used to be the size of the Rockies and are growing.


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11/29. Maine is the closest state to Africa.


12/29. Glaciers store between 70% and 80% of all the freshwater on the planet. 99% of those glaciers are in the Arctic and Antarctic.


13/29. You only have to cross one country to get from Norway to North Korea.


14/29. Late to the party, but there's a fence in Australia that is longer than the drive from Seattle to Miami. And its main/only purpose is to keep wild dogs out of south east Australia.


15/29. The U.K. is closer to the East coast of Canada than I am in Alberta (Western part of the country).


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16/29. Northern Africa is almost larger than Russia. The way a Mercator projection works, Africa always looks tiny, and Russia's looks huge, but apparently not.


17/29. If you travel in a straight line in any of the four cardinal directions as you leave Stamford, CT, the next state you will hit is New York.

This is, apparently, the only city in the United States with this geographic quirk.


18/29. That more than half of the world's population lives within a circle that covers a proportionally tiny section of the world including China/India/etc. and Southeast Asia.


19/29. Q: What is the northernmost, easternmost and westernmost state of the US?

A: Alaska, Alaska and Alaska.


20/29. Only two countries in the world where one needs to cross at least two countries to reach the sea. All other need to cross only one other or none.

Uzbekistan and Liechtenstein.


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21/29. Greenland is disgustingly large in the Mercator projection. In mobile Google maps it is almost as big as Africa while in reality it is only about 7% as big. Amazing.


22/29. If you shrank earth down to the size of a billiard ball, it would have a surface finish about 3x smoother than an actual billiard ball.


23/29. When I realized the saying "The sun never sets on the British empire" meant that because the Empire was so big at least one part of it was in daylight.


24/29. In 1811 and 1812, three earthquakes measuring around 8 on the richter scale, caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards. These earthquakes also created Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee.


25/29. New York City is further south than Rome.


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26/29. China filling the huge Three Gorges Dam lengthened our day by .000232381 seconds.


27/29. The top of Mt Everest is marine limestone that formed in a shallow sea in the Indian Ocean.


28/29. If you crossed the border between Afghanistan and China the time would change by 3.5 hours.


29/29. Despite being the second largest country in the world, Canada's population is half the size of the UK's.



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