So many common world geography facts are taught in school, only to be misunderstood and skewed, as people get older. We also forget so many of the facts of world geography we learn as they are replaced by things we think we should know, like our Facebook login or our pin numbers. Therefore, here are a few important world geography facts you have probably forgotten or maybe never knew in the first place:
1. California is Bigger than You Think
France is only 30% larger than the state of California. It makes you think about all the countries that France has invaded and defeated in its long history. Also makes you wonder what would happen if California gave global domination a try.
2. The Great Wall of China
One great world fact is that that the Great Wall of China is NOT the only man made construction to be seen from space. This is another one of those world geography facts that is often misunderstood. From space, by using just their eyes, astronauts have seen plenty of man-made objects. The Great Wall of China can be seen from space, but it is very difficult to pick out because it is a brown line nestled on a brown terrain. The British built a big white millennium dome in the year 2000, which is a big white tent. This is easier to see from space, as are a great many highways at night. Cities also light up and are easily seen from space at night.
3. Enclosed Countries
Geographically, the fact is that the Vatican City is only one of three countries that lie within another country. The other two countries are Lesotho which is completely within in South Africa, and San Marino, which like the Vatican City, is inside Italy.
4. The Shortest Geographical Name
One easy to remember world geography fact is that the shortest area name is A. Of all the world geography facts this is the easiest to describe. There is a district called ‘Å’ in Sweden and Norway. It means “river”.
5. The World’s Biggest Country
The biggest country in the world is not China. China has the most people in, but Russia is still the biggest country in the world. World geography facts are often confused when it comes to the size of a country area and the population mass.
6. The World’s Smallest Country
The smallest country in the world is in-fact the Vatican City This is a country within a country and is only two square miles. Most American towns are bigger than that, and yet Vatican City is a country all of its own - with its own government, taxes and police force.
7. Peaks and Troughs
Mount Everest is the highest mountain in the world, but geographically a trench is the world’s lowest point. There is a trench underwater called the Marianas Trench. If you were to fall from the top of Mount Everest to sea level bottom, you would not fall as far as if you were falling from sea level to the bottom of the trench.
8. Water, Water, Everywhere
The Waterworld movie could actually be right. In the movie, it shows the world being flooded because the ice caps melted. Did you know that the frozen glaciers hold over 80% of the world’s fresh water? If they keep melting, we will have to start growing food on floating farms. This is one of the scariest of world geography facts.
9. The Great Pyramids
Possibly, the most misunderstood of geography facts is that the world’s biggest pyramid is NOT in Egypt. It is in Mexico. Most people think that the Egyptian Giza pyramid is the biggest, but it is not. Pyramids were not just an Egyptian thing. The largest pyramid in the world is called the Cholula pyramid that is covered in mud and grass. From a distance, it looks like a big hill with a church on top. It is in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. It is 180 feet high, with a base that measures 1300 feet by 1300 feet. It was built to praise the god Quetzalcoatl, who some may remember as being a god in the Final Fantasy 7 & 8 games.
10. Up North
It seems that most people in the world want the top bunk for a reason. The Northern Hemisphere holds over 90% of the entire human race. Maybe early humans were afraid they would fall off of the bottom so they stuck to the top.
Popular belief has made a lot of people misunderstand common world geography facts. When people hear that there are thirteen Chinese people to every one American, they think that China must be the biggest country. People hear about the famous pyramids and think the Egyptians invented it. All is not as it seems.
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