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    Tuesday, June 20, 2006

    Interesting Geography (part 2)

    More random but interesting facts...

    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 every continent.

    Siberia contains more than 25% of the world's forests.

    S. M. O. M.
    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 years.

    Spain literally means 'the land of rabbits.'

    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.


    Anonymous said...

    Not true about Ohio not having any natural lakes. Punderson Lake and Portage Lakes are natural!

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