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Random odd and interesting facts to cool some jets. :)

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  1. Lide

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    Geography:

    Europe has no deserts.

    There are no active volcanoes in Australia.

    The largest gorge is the Grand Canyon at 217 miles long (the distance from Paris to London), 4-18 miles wide, and one mile deep.

    The deepest gorge is Hells Canyon in Snake River, Idaho, at 7,900 feet deep.

    The three longest rivers in the world are all around 4,000 feet long.

    The largest European country is Denmark.

    The latitude of most of Europe would find most of it in Canada. Rome is approxomately where New York is.

    Were it not for the Gulf Stream ocean current most of Europe would be much colder than it is and many parts largely uninhabitable.

    America and Russia are only two miles apart.

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    how can Denmark be larger than France ? now that is surprising ? :lesson:

    Also if Russia and America are 2 miles apart, do the Bearing Straits ever freeze up and allow people to walk or drive between the two countries :confused:
     
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    Because Greenland is a part of Denmark. :)

    Yep, it sure does, but if you tried that during the Cold War you wouldn't make it to the Russian side. :)

    The two mile separation comes from two small inhabited islands right in the middle of the strait.
     
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    It has a few cultural deserts :D
     
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    This is true.

    Seeing as this is a geographical thread, anyone else been having fun with google earth. I am sure many of you know about it. For those that don't, it's satellite imagery of little old earth. The quality of some of the imagages is amazing considering this is a freebie.
     
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    One thing that always interests me on geography is the difference between 'physical' and 'political' (could have the terminology wrong there) maps of the world...

    Is it just me, or is Scandanavia a lot bigger than they ever taught you at school?
     
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    Very interesting facts about those gorges - I'd no idea they were that long/wide/deep and would love to find the time and money to go and see the Grand Canyon.
    I think you might want to edit that to say 4,000 miles :)
     
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    The largest city in the UK is Carlisle
     
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    :confused: Now I am confused !
    Aha I think I've found the answer here
    Smallest City by population but the largest by land area.
     
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    The Boundary Commission changed the limits of Carlisle City a few years ago
     
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    John, you've got to go there. Whatever you have been told, or seen on TV, about the Grand Canyon just doesn't prepare you for the shear size and spectacle of it. Truly amazing. There's loads to see in Arizona, Monument Valley is stunning as well. We went in October a couple of years ago and Phoenix was still hitting 40c, though that was above the norm. So can make a nice holiday when the weather turns here.

    Went to Yellowstone Park and the Grand Tetons this year. No sign of Yogi bear but that too is amazing. I wasn't really in to nature and walking but the scenery is breath taking and there is so much wild life to see.
     
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    Grand Canyon is absolutely amazing - went there last month.

    Here's a picture of me standing far too near the edge.
     
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    ...and looking slightly uncomfortable sitting about an inch away from doom.
     
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    Yep, the Grand Canyon is awesome! I only managed to view it from the cockpit of a plane the size of a Mondeo though and would love to dangle my legs over the edge of it one sunny day, beer in one hand...cigar in the other, just chill for a while...then head back to Vegas (in a helicopter) and win a Viper on the slots.
     
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    Either you are very large indeed or that is not a mile deep :)
     
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    My wife says to tell you that I am very large indeed :blush:

    It's all a question of scale. The north rim of the canyon behind me is about 16-18 miles away, and it is a mile deep, you just can't see all the way down in the photos.

    To get a real sense of the scale you have to go there, but a warning for you, your brain aches with the sheer size if the place for about the first half hour!
     
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    Yep, it's one big hole. Looks great under a full moon, though many people freak out at the sight.

    Yosemite Valley, near where I live near, also looks great under a full moon, but the same reaction often applies.
     
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    A diet is no doubt in order. :)
    I have indeed seen this with my very own eyes. :)
     
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    Whose eyes would you normally use?
     

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