The Throgs Neck Bridge got its name because it passes over a peninsula called Throgs Neck in the Bronx, New York. This narrow peninsula juts into the confluence of the East River and Long Island Sound.
A:As of 2014, Africa has 54 countries. The largest country by area is Algeria, while the most populous country is Nigeria. African countries can be divided by location into the following regions: Northern Africa, the Horn of Africa, Eastern Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa and Western Africa.
A:Desert survival depends on protection from the elements, including the extreme temperatures that can be experienced both during the day and at night, with heat stroke, dehydration and hypothermia all posing risks to human health and safety. The biggest tip for desert survival is to be prepared for the climate, which means being equipped with proper gear and clothing in addition to adequate supplies of water and food, which are not naturally plentiful in most desert areas.
A:The Lut Desert is the hottest desert on Earth, based on satellite calculations that measure the land skin temperature of the entire surface of the planet. The 2005 reading of the Lut Desert was 159.3 degrees Fahrenheit. The Lut Desert is located in the southeast of Iran.
A:Though not as refreshing as a glass of ice water, human urine is potable and contains around 95 percent water, so it can help hydrate a person caught in an extreme situation. However, about 5 percent of urine has waste products from the kidney - vitamins and minerals such as calcium and potassium. After a couple of days of drinking nothing but the same recycled urine, there will be more waste and less water in the fluid, making consumption risky.
A:The first explorer to gather evidence of Antarctica's existence was Captain James Cook between 1772 and 1775. It was not until subsequent expeditions (1819-1820) by William Smith and James Bransfield that the shore was sighted. It was another year before the American Captain John Davis actually landed on the continent.
A:No animals live permanently in Antarctica; animals that live in the sea around Antarctica include fish, krill, penguins and a variety of seals. Most of these animals live permanently in the water because the land is too harsh and the temperatures are too cold.
A:Many animals live at the North Pole, commonly referred to as the Arctic region, including arctic foxes, arctic hares, Alaskan malamutes, polar bears, seals and beluga whales. Some animals live closer to the bottom of the Arctic region, like malamutes, while others live close to the physical North Pole like polar bears, seals and whales.
A:Several types of plants grow in the Arctic and Antarctic regions of the world, including the Arctic willow, Antarctic pearlwort, pasque flower and bearberry. Generally, polar plants are small and grow low to the ground.
A:The Arctic Circle passes through three continents: Asia, Europe and North America. This includes eight countries: Russia, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Finland, the United States (Alaska), Denmark (Greenland) and Iceland.
A:South Korea has the best public education system in the world, as of 2014, according to the international education company Pearson. The South Korean education system improved dramatically over the latter half of the 20th century, and the central component in that success is the country's focus on academic quality and rigor.
A:There are numerous groups of people living in the Siberian arctic, including the Chukchi people. These groups of people survive in different ways, but most live nomadic or semi-nomadic lifestyles that are supplemented with hunting and fishing. Reindeer husbandry, including breeding and herding, is also popular among Siberian tribes.
A:Male pandas can weigh as much as 250 pounds, while female pandas typically weigh less than 220 pounds. Adult pandas, when on all fours, stand at about 2 to 3 feet tall at the shoulder and can be as much as 6 feet long.
A:The Gobi Desert is located in Asia in northern and northwestern China as well as parts of southern Mongolia. It has several distinct features including the Eastern Gobi Desert Steppe, the Alaskan Plateau and the Gobi Lakes Valley.
A:The Dingo Fence is a physical fence in southeastern Australia that spans more than 3,400 miles. As the name indicates, the Dingo Fence was built by European colonizers in the mid- to late 1800s to deter wild dogs, known as dingoes, from entering the fertile southeastern part of the country that became the base of sheep farming operations.
A:Sydney is Australia's oldest and largest city. New South Wales, where Sydney is located, is Australia's oldest state and was founded in 1788 by Captain John Phillips as a penal colony at Port Jackson. Over a third of Australia's entire population resides in New South Wales, according to About.com.
A:The Irukandji jellyfish, which is a highly venomous type of Australian box jellyfish, has nearly invisible tentacles and a tiny, transparent bell that makes it very hard to see. Though the Irukandji's bell is typically less than an inch wide, its translucent tentacles, which contain venomous darts, can be up to 3 feet long.
A:Though boomerangs are iconically associated with Australian Aboriginal peoples, it's difficult to know exactly when and where this tool originated. Ancient humans used boomerangs for thousands of years before the advent of more modern tools. The oldest-known boomerang is thought to be about 20,000 years old and was actually found in Poland.
A:Snow falls in parts of southern Australia, particularly in the mountains. Snowfall is common during the winter in parts of Tasmania, Victoria and New South Wales. Only Tasmania regularly receives snowfall outside of mountainous areas.
A:Sydney, Australia, is located in the state of New South Wales, which is on the country's southeast coast along the Tasman Sea. It is located to the east of the Blue Mountains, to the south of the Hawkesbury River and to the north of Royal National Park.