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More than half of the coastline of the entire United States is in Alaska.
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produces more than 20%
of 's oxygen supply.
The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, 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 combined and three times the flow of all rivers in .
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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, ice.),
Antarctica is the driest place on the planet,
with an absolute humidity lower than the Gobi desert.
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Brazil got its name from the nut, not the other way around.
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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.
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Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan, carries the designation M-1,
so named because it was the first paved road anywhere.
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Damascus, Syria, was flourishing a couple of thousand years
before Rome was founded in 753 BC,
making it the oldest continuously inhabited city in existence.
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Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world
located on two continents.
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Los Angeles' full name is:
El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula
-- and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.
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The term 'The Big Apple' was coined
by touring jazz musicians of the 1930s
who used the slang expression 'apple' for any town or city.
Therefore, to play New York City
is to play the big time - The Big Apple.
There are more Irish in New York City
than in Dublin, Ireland;
more Italians in New York City
than in Rome, Italy;
and more Jews in New York City
than in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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There are no natural lakes in , every one is manmade.
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The smallest island with country status is Pitcairn
in Polynesia, at just 1.75 sq. miles/4,53 sq. km.
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