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  • There's No Place On Earth Farther From Land Than Point Nemo on Random Geography Facts That Rocked Our World

    (#11) There's No Place On Earth Farther From Land Than Point Nemo

    Located in the Pacific Ocean at 48°52.6′S 123°23.6′W, Point Nemo is the farthest distance you can be from land on Earth. As the National Ocean Service explains,

    [Point Nemo is] about 2,688 kilometers [1,670 miles] from the nearest land - Ducie Island, part of the Pitcairn Islands, to the north; Motu Nui, one of the Easter Islands, to the northeast; and Maher Island, part of Antarctica, to the south.

  • France's Longest Border Is With Brazil on Random Geography Facts That Rocked Our World

    (#6) France's Longest Border Is With Brazil

    French Guiana is located on the northern coast of South America, between Surinam to the north-west and Brazil to the south. Its border with Brazil is 730 kilometers. France's second-longest border is with Belgium at 657 kilometers.

    French Guiana is a fully integrated region of France, much like a state in the United States. The language is French, the head of state is the French president, residents are in the European Union, and their money is the euro.

  • Reno, NV, Is Farther West Than Los Angeles, CA on Random Geography Facts That Rocked Our World

    (#15) Reno, NV, Is Farther West Than Los Angeles, CA

    While we naturally think that a city in a west coast state would be farther west than a city in its neighboring eastern state, we often forget about California's southern curve.  

    Reno is located at 119°49’ west, while Los Angeles is located at 118°14’ west.

  • The Majority Of Canadians Live South Of Seattle on Random Geography Facts That Rocked Our World

    (#3) The Majority Of Canadians Live South Of Seattle

    The majority of the population of the United States' "neighbor to the north" actually lives south of a major American city. While the 49th parallel is often thought of as the border between the US and Canada, around 72% of Canadians live below it, and Seattle, WA. Canada's two largest cities, Toronto and Montreal are well south of Seattle, as is its fourth-largest city and federal capital, Ottawa.

  • The Himalayas Are Getting Taller Every Year on Random Geography Facts That Rocked Our World

    (#9) The Himalayas Are Getting Taller Every Year

    The Himalayas are a relatively young mountain range. They were formed between 40 and 50 million years ago at the collision of the Indian Plate and Eurasian Plate. Those plates are still pushing against each other, causing the mountains to rise. Mount Everest is estimated to grow around a millimeter a year while mountains in the north of the range can grow around 10 millimeters a year.

  • If Alaska Were Split Into Two States, They Would Be The First And Second Largest In The US on Random Geography Facts That Rocked Our World

    (#4) If Alaska Were Split Into Two States, They Would Be The First And Second Largest In The US

    Alaska is the largest state in the United States, but most people don't realize just how big it is. Texas is the second-largest state. But if Alaska were to be divided into two, Texas would be the third largest. Alaska covers 664,988 square miles while Texas has 268,597. 

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