I have a confession to make and I don’t want you to give me too much of a hard time for it.
I love geography and I love studying maps!
I know, I know…all that comes to mind is NERD ALERT.
But I guess I’m not alone because these folks are on my side!
Let’s have some fun with geography with AskReddit users!
1. Don’t try this, though.
“The largest vertical cliff in the world is Mt Thor, in Auyuittuq National Park, Baffin Island, Nunavut.
If you stepped off it, you’d fall for 1.6 km (1 mile) straight down before hitting anything, and then you’d tumble to level ground.
Assuming you’re immortal, of course.”
2. That’s strange.
“At the western end of Kentucky, there’s a portion of the state called the Kentucky Bend that you HAVE to go through another state – even if flying – to get to it.
The technical term is that it is an exclave of Kentucky.”
3. An enormous country.
“Russia is 1/6 the landmass of the world.
And Siberia would be the 2nd largest country in the world if it was a country.”
4. Some good ones.
“The Irish Republic extends further north than Northern Ireland. Therefore there is an area of the island of Ireland where Northern Ireland is to the south.
Despite how it appears on a map, Madagascar is over twice the size of Great Britain, and New Guinea is over three times the size.
The island of Java is roughly the size of England, but it has over double the population of the whole UK, and half the population of the USA.
The closest country to Newfoundland is France.”
5. All kinds of interesting stuff.
“Maine borders exactly one state. Tennessee and Missouri border eight apiece.
Half the world’s population lives within 3,300 kilometers of Mong Khet, Myanmar.
Manila’s population density is more than 100,000 people per square mile. In fact, the three densest cities in the world are all in the Philippines.
The distance between the highest point and the lowest point in the contiguous United States is less than 85 miles.”
6. Time to explore!
“Kentucky has more caves than any other place on earth
And scientists suggest there could be another 200 miles of unexplored caves.”
7. Down Under.
“Australia is the only continent with no active volcanoes.
I mean with everything else they have to deal with, I think they deserved a break somewhere.”
“Alaska is actually HUGE.
It’s larger than Montana, Texas, and California combined.
But it’s illustrated on maps as being tiny.”
“Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee was created due to the impact of three earthquakes.
They occurred in 1811 and 1812, and measured around 8 on the Richter Scale.”
10. Moving plates.
“In Iceland, you can see where the North American tectonic plate and the Eurasia tectonic plate are moving away from each other.
Another place that is similar, but not as intense, is Point Reyes National Seashore in California.
It is separated by the San Andreas Fault, where the North American and Pacific plates come together.”
11. It’s true!
“Bristol, Tennessee is closer to Canada than it is to Memphis, Tennessee.
Couldn’t believe this one…but it checks out.”
12. Oh, Canada.
“Canada is so big that St. John’s in Newfoundland is closer to London, England, then it is to Victoria, British Columbia.
And St. John’s and London are separated by a freaking ocean.”
13. That’s insane.
“You could fit the United States, Europe, and India within the borders of Africa, with room to spare.”
14. Big countries.
“Australia is wider than the moon.
Also, Russia has more surface area than Pluto!”
“Despite Canada being America’s “neighbor to the north”, the majority of Canadians live south of Seattle.”
16. Center of the world.
“When I worked for FedEx back in the 90’s one of the reasons why they chose Anchorage as a global hub (apart from the fact that aircraft use less fuel due to it being cooler) was that it is one of the only places in the world that is within 10 hours of the three biggest global markets; North America, Europe and Asia!
Who would have thought that a place considered in the middle of nowhere is actually the centre of the world.”
17. Heading south.
“If you took a boat out of Reykjavík and sailed directly south, the first land mass you’d hit would be Antarctica.”
18. A whole lot of water.
“Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.
The state of Maryland, by contrast, has no natural lakes.”
19. This is cool.
“Depending on where you are, you might have recently noticed a lot of dust from Africa coating your town.
But dust from the Sahara regularly makes it’s way to the Amazon. In fact, without that dust, the Amazon might not even exist. The soil there is pretty nutrient poor, and that dust acts as a form of fertiliser.
Two massive but opposing geological features – one full of life, the other very sparse – yet very strongly connected.”
“Texas is large enough that it could fit Copenhagen, Brussels, Zagreb, and Warsaw with their real life distances from each other inside the state lines.
The Great Lakes contain enough fresh water to flood an area the size of Great Britain in over 100 meters of water.”
21. It’s sinking.
“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.”
22. Out there all alone.
“Perth, Australia is the most isolated metropolis in the world.”
23. That’s wild.
“There are 14 mountains over 8,000 meters tall.
All of them are in Asia.”
24. Do you feel that?
“The Australian tectonic plate is drifting north at a rapid rate relative to other plates.
The whole continent is moving north and slightly clockwise at around 2.7 inches a year, which is fast enough that GPS systems have had to compensate for it to stay accurate.
In a few hundred million years, Australia will probably collide with Asia, creating a mountain range even taller than the Himalayas when it does.”
25. I did not know that!
“Palm trees grow in Ireland, at 53 degrees north.
In Canada at 55 degrees north, there are polar bears.”
26. That is fascinating.
“The Appalachian mountain range formed before the North American continent broke away from Europe, so there’s a little chunk of the Appalachians in France.”
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