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A World Tour Without Leaving Your Couch
You have to admit, Planet Earth is amazing with such a wide variety of people, places, cultures, natural wonders and man made beauties. Travel is the best way to immerse yourself in these wonders, but a world tour is timely as well as costly. So instead, take a seat on your couch, wrap yourself in your favorite blanket and join us as we learn more about each of the seven continents of the world.
Australia is the biggest island in the world but the smallest continent.
It is the driest continent.
Australia is the sixth largest country.
The world’s longest fence, known as the The Dingo Fence, Dog Fence, Wild Dog Fence, or the Border Fence depending on where you are, is 5,614 km long (approximately 3,488 miles).
There are over 200 languages and dialects including 45 indigenous languages in Australia.
Australia is not well populated. There are less people in Australia than in the state of Texas.
There are over 700 species of reptiles in Australia, including the largest, the saltwater crocodile, which can be about 20 feet long.
Australia is also home to 1,500 species of spiders as well as the world’s most venomous snakes.
Asia is the largest continent both in mass and population. It comprises 9% of the globe and makes up one third of the total land mass of the planet.
Asia makes up 60 percent of the world’s population. China and India alone make up one third of the world’s population, totaling about 2.5 billion people.
Asia is made up of 48 countries.
China has only one time zone.
Vietnamese New Year is everyone’s birthday. Age is determined by how many New Years a person has lived through.
Thailand has a water gun festival from April 13-15 each year. This festival used to have religious connotation but is now purely for fun.
China houses the world’s largest mall. It has the capacity to hold 2,350 shops but is now a ghost town.
North Korea celebrates Kim Jong II’s mother’s birthday on Dec 24, making this the country’s own version of Christmas.
India was one of the very first countries to issue coins as currency. Learn more here.
Asia contains both the highest and lowest points in the world, Mt. Everest and the Dead Sea, respectively.
Europe is the second smallest of the seven continents.
Europe is made up of 43 different countries.
Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy took about 200 years to build.
Berlin, Germany has more than 60 Christmas markets.
The Brussels airport sells more chocolate than anywhere else in the world.
The British Museum in London displays just 1% of its entire collection.
Europe has both the largest and smallest countries in the world – Russia and Vatican City, respectively.
Africa is the second most populous continent and the second largest continent.
Africa is made up of 54 countries and 1 “non-self governing territory”.
Ethiopia and Liberia were the only countries not colonized by foreign powers.
Arabic is the most commonly spoken language.
Over 25% of languages are only spoken in Africa.
The Sahara Desert is the largest desert in the world.
Nigeria is the fourth largest oil exporter in the world.
The Nile is the longest river in the world at 6,650 km (roughly 4132 miles).
Hippos kill more people in Africa than lions and crocodiles.
North America is the third largest continent, making up about 16.5% of Earth’s land mass.
The most advanced indigenous nations in North America before the Europeans were the Aztecs in Mexico and the Mayans in Central America.
North America is comprised of 24 individual countries.
North America produces one fifth of the world’s wheat.
The largest city in North America is Mexico City.
Canada has the highest number of lakes in the world.
Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in the world.
The largest country in North America by land mass is Canada but the US is the most populous country.
South America is the fourth largest continent of the seven.
It is made up of 14 countries, all of which speak Spanish except Brazil, which speaks Portuguese.
Santo del Angel, located in Venezuela, is the highest waterfall in the world at 1,000 m or about 3,300 feet.
The Andes mountain range is the longest in the world.
South America houses the largest rainforest in the world.
La Rinconada is a city located in Peru that has the highest altitude of any city in the world at 5,100 m (about 3,168 mi).
South America contains more than 40% of the world’s plant and animal species.
The Amazon River carries more water than any other river on Earth and it can be seen from outer space!
Antarctica is the fifth largest continent.
It is uninhabited but can be visited.
Antarctica is 98% covered in ice.
It is the windiest and coldest place on earth.
It holds 70% of the world’s fresh water, even though it is a desert.
The weight of the ice causes the south pole and makes the earth slightly pear shaped.
Antarctica holds the record for the lowest recorded temperature – a blistery -129 degrees Fahrenheit.
Seven countries have made claims on it but not all countries recognize those claims.
The world is an exciting place and there is so much to learn. Pick your favorite continent or country and do your own digging to learn more about this beautiful planet.