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“The Blue Planet” is a huge source of curiosities when it comes to its geography. The facts below are just a few examples:

- Sudan’s GDP is about the same with that of the US state of Idaho (approximately 54 billion $).

- The total world GDP reached 70 trillion $ in 2011. In comparison, the world GDP in 2010 was about 63 trillion $.

- Approximately 40% of the total area of Brazil (or 3,3 million square km / 1,274 million square mi) is covered by the Amazon rainforest.

- Indonesia is the country with the most active volcanoes (over 130).

- In the last 100 years, Chile has experienced about 8 earthquakes rating at least 8.0 magnitude including the 1960 Valdivia earthquake which was the most powerful earthquake ever recorded on Earth rating a magnitude of 9.5.

- There are 100 million privately owned cars in China.

- There are over 6,300 ships that are registered in the country of Panama.

- Lesotho is an enclave and a landlocked country that is completely surrounded by the Republic of South Africa.

- The present Croatian city of Dubrovnik was known in the Middle Ages as the Republic of Ragusa.

- Greenland is the world largest island and the least densely populated country or teritory in the world.

- Russia and Bangladesh have the same number of inhabitans (approximately 142 million), but the area of Bangladesh is 115 times smaller than the area of Russia.

- Armenia has one of the oldest Christian community in the world – it was the first country that adopted Christianity in 301 AD.

- Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America (739 m / 2,425 ft).

- With a depth of 3.4 km (2 mi), the Colca Canyon in the southern Peru Andes is the deepest canyon in the world.

- The Earth has fourteen mountain peaks higher that 8,000 m (26,246 ft) and all of them are situated in the Himalaya Mountains.

- The first permanent European settlement that was founded on the current area of New York was called New Amsterdam.

- Approximately 36% of the population of New York is not born in the USA.

- The Ganges Delta is the largest delta in the world.

- Salar de Uyuni, in southwest Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt field (10,582 sq km / 4,086 sq mi).

- The Bialowieska Forest is a primary forest located in Poland and Belarus.

- The Canada – United States border is the longest border in the world (8,891 km / 5,525 mi).

I have written this article because i have a special interest in geography and geographical facts especially. If you want to find more curious and interesting facts about the world we live in, please fell free to visit my site: www.geographicalfacts.com .

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