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:The natural resources in the African Savanna include a multitude of grasses, oil, uranium, platinum, diamonds, coal, gold and oil. Because the Savanna spans nearly 5 million square miles of Africa, there are different natural resources in different parts of the continent. For example, the Congo region is known for being one of the largest diamond producing areas of the world. Ghana, Guinea and Mali are major producers of gold.
A:The Great Sphinx is located near the northern Egyptian city of Giza on the west bank of the Nile River. The Pyramids of Giza are also located there. The Sphinx, which lies south of the Great Pyramid, is around 24 feet in length and 66 feet in height.
A:Individuals who will be exposed to the elements in a desert climate can protect themselves from the sun by wearing sunblock and appropriate clothing, including long pants, wide-brim hats that cover the face and neck, and sunglasses. Those who find themselves in an emergency situation in desert conditions may need to take additional measures to build a sun-proof shelter; this may require the use of manmade gear rather than found objects.
A:In most parts of the world, the northern lights, or aurora borealis, are visible between late fall until early spring. In extremely northern areas, the lights may be visible from early fall until late spring.
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 Antarctic Treaty, signed in 1959 by 12 countries, prevents mining in Antarctica. As of 2014, 49 countries have joined in this pact. The treaty also protects the continent from disposal of nuclear waste and testing of nuclear weapons but encourages scientific research.
A:Antarctica is not owned by any country, per the Antarctic Treaty. Before the Antarctic Treaty was signed, seven countries claimed parts of the continent, including Australia, the United Kingdom, Chile, Argentina, Norway, France and New Zealand. The treaty recognizes none of these claims.
A:Animals that live in the polar regions include penguins, seals, bears, sea lions and walruses. There are two polar regions near the North and South poles, located at the northernmost and southernmost parts of the Earth. While the two regions are similar in temperature, animal life and survival differs between the poles.
A:Penguins live in Antarctica because they are especially adapted to the cold through their unique feathers, small feet and circulatory system. For instance, one of the species that lives in Antarctica, the emperor penguin, has an especially small bill and feet that help it to conserve heat.
A:The smallest country in Asia is the Republic of Maldives, a country which lies in the Indian ocean region made up of over 1,192 coral islands spread over 90,000 square kilometers. The Maldives total land area is 298 square kilometers and is populated by 324,000 people as of 2012.
A:There are many endangered species in Asia, including fish such as the Sompong's rasbora of Thailand, mammals such as the south China tiger, primates such Sumatran orangutan of Indonesia, reptiles such as the Red River giant softshell turtle and birds such as the spoon-billed sandpiper. As of February 2015, some of these animals, such as the Sumatran elephant and the Yangtze finless porpoise, are considered critically endangered.
A:A group of Vietnamese mothers were able to potty train their children at just 9 months old, according to a 2012 study from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. They key? They used their own vocal sounds coupled with a reward to help the babies understand when they were supposed to "go to the bathroom."
A:Arabia, also known as the Arabian Peninsula, is located on the Asian continent, just across the Red Sea from Egypt. It is bounded by the Persian Gulf on the northeast and the Arabian Sea to the south.
A:Turkey has an overall temperate climate, but since it is located in a geographically diverse area, it contains several different climate regions. Coastal regions have milder weather throughout the year than the more arid interior, especially when compared to the Anatolian plateau.
A:The name of the continent of Asia was derived from a word in Ancient Greek and was used in Herodutus' Histories in 440 B.C. It is speculated that the name was in use long before its first appearance in text, but may have initially referred to only a small area of land on the eastern end of the Aegean Sea in an area referred to as Assuwa by the Hittites.
A:Based on information provided by Maps of the World, the latitude and longitude of Australia is 27 degrees 00' S and 133 degrees 00 E. Located at these coordinates, Australia is one of the smallest continents in the world.
A:The Sydney Harbour Bridge has earned the "coathanger" nickname thanks to its arched shape. This affectionate local nickname belies the scale of the bridge, which is one of the world's largest steel arch bridges.
A:The reef stonefish is dangerous because its sting causes intense pain that can actually be strong enough to kill a person. In this case, death is brought about as a result of the shock caused by the extreme pain that accompanies a stonefish's sting.
A:When threatened, the blue-ringed octopus can produce a powerful neurotoxin that is strong enough to kill 26 people. Fortunately, there are some physical signs that the octopus may be about to produce its toxin, including increased color intensity. Though its toxin has the power to kill multiple people, the blue-ringed octopus isn't actually responsible for many human deaths.
A:The box jellyfish is one of the most venomous animals on the planet-- not just in Australia, and the deadliest marine animal known to man. These powerfully venomous jellies are characterized by long, transparent tentacles that have millions of venom-carrying, harpoon like darts. Active mostly during the period from October through May (a time known as 'stinger season' in northern Australian coastal areas), the box jelly can be difficult to detect in the water due to its transparency.
A:While the Portuguese man-of-war may look like a jellyfish, it's actually a siphonophore. Also known as simply "man-of-war" or "bluebottle," this complex creature is a colony of smaller individual organisms known as zooids. Though separate, the organisms that make up the Portuguese man-of-war work together and rely on each other for survival.