Our world is a curious place. Here are five of the most amazing geographical facts about it.
1.Russia has 11 time zones
It’s no secret that Russia is a huge country. In fact, most people know that it is the biggest country in the world. But did you know that Russia is in fact so big that it contains no less than 11 different time zones? This means that when one side of the country wakes up at 7 am and has breakfast, the opposite end is already enjoying supper at 6 pm.
- One island formation, two different countries
And speaking of Russia, did you know that it owns one of the two Diomede Islands? The Big Diomede belongs to Russia, while the Little Diomede is administered by America. Although the two islands are just 2.4 miles apart (or 3.8 km), there is a time difference of 21 hours between them!
- Shrinking mountains, growing mountains
Mountains are eternal and sturdy. You wouldn’t expect them to change too drastically over time, right? Wrong! Mountains can shrink or grow, sometimes at very noticeable rates. For example, the Appalachian mountains in North America have been shrinking, while the Himalayas (home to Mount Everest, the world’s tallest peak) are growing.
- Independent weather system in caves
Caves are curious things, but did you know that some of the bigger ones also have their independent weather system? The two that present this characteristic are the Er Wang Dong cave in China and the Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam.
- Equator stadium
Brazil is home to Zerao, a stadium whose midfield lies directly onto the Equator. This means that each opposing team defends one hemisphere of the world (metaphorically, of course).