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The Amazon River



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The Amazon rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen supply.

The Amazon River pushes so much water into the Atlantic Ocean that, more than one 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 in the world combined and three times the flow of all rivers in the United States .


Antarctica iceberg

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. 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! 



Moraine Lake, Alberta

Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.  Canada is an Indian word meaning ‘ Big Village ‘.


Ruins of the Jupiter Temple: construction began during the reign of Auugustus, the first Roman Emperor (27 BC – AD 14 — 40 years)



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.



The European and Asian sides of Istanbul. Istanbul is located in Southeastern Europe and the Southwestern region of Asia.


Istanbul, Turkey, is the only city in the world located on two continents.




The Millenium Biltmore Hotel in downtown LA: designated historic-cultural landmark, the lobby is reminiscent of California’s Spanish origins

The full name of Los Angeles is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de Los Angeles de Porciuncula. It can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size: L.A.



Grammy award winner Roy Hargrove, American jazz trumpeter and leader of the band The R-H Factor

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.


Little Italy NYC



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.


The Roman Forum housed many of the oldest and most important edifices in ancient Rome, among them the Regia, the royal residence in the 8th century BC and the Temple of Vesta in the 7th century BC


The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy (in 133 B.C.) There is a city called Rome on every continent.




Sahara Desert, Algeria

 In the Sahara Desert, there is a town named Tidikelt, Algeria, that did not receive a drop of rain for ten years. Technically, though, the driest place on Earth is in the valleys of the Antarctic near Ross Island. There has been no rainfall there for two million years.




The Retiro Park in Madrid, once a royal park, where rabbits used to roam?


Spain literally means ‘the land of rabbits’.





Images via Flickr
>Amazon River by Is this thing Live, CC BY2.0
>Antarctica by Victor, CC BY2.0
>Canada by thank you for visiting my page, CC BY2.0
>Damascus by Ali Riza, CC BY-SA2.0
>Istanbul by Pedro Szekely, CC BY-SA2.0
>Biltmore Hotel by Prayitmo/Thank you for. . ., CC BY2.0
>Big Apple by Bryan Thompson, CC BY 2.0
>Little Italy by Nick Amoscato, CC BY2.0
>Rome by Bert Kaufmann CC BY-SA2.0
>Sahara by Agencia Bolivariana para Actividades Especiales, CC BY2.0
>Spain by Nigel’s europe&Beyond, CC BY-SA2.0