Fun facts and resources

Fun Facts about world Geography

Iceland is the world’s oldest functioning democracy

Because heat expands the metal, the Eiffel Tower always leans away from the Sun

There are 1,792 steps to the top of the Eiffel Tower

In Calama, a town in the Atacama Desert of Chile, it has never rained

The only man-made structure visible from space is the Great Wall of China

The Sahara desert is expanding half a mile south every year

Vietnamese currency consists only of paper money; no coins

There are more Rolls Royce cars in Hong Kong than anywhere else in the world

Until 1896, India was the only source for diamonds to the world

It snowed in the Sahara Desert in February of 1979

The Atlantic Ocean gets wider by a little more than one inch every year

Los Angeles’ full name is “El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula” . In English this means ‘The City of Angels’

In 1867 the United States paid Russia only $7.2 million (2 cents an acre) for Alaska

Antarctica is the only land on our planet that is not owned by any country

In Turkey, in the 16th and 17th centuries, anyone caught drinking coffee was put to death

There are twice as many kangaroos in Australia as there are people.

The oldest national flag still in existence, that of Denmark, dates back to the 13th century.

Colombia produces the most emeralds of any country in South America.

The world’s largest gold mine is in Juneau, Alaska

Namibia, Africa, supplies the most valuable diamonds of the 18 countries in southern Africa rich with diamonds.

 

Resources to help children learn Geography

 

http://www.geography4kids.com/index.html

http://www.coolmath-games.com/1-geography-games-01.html

http://www.gamequarium.com/worldgeography.html

 

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