The volcano Mauna Kea is famous for being the highest peak in the state of Hawaii and the highest land form in the world when measured from base to peak. Its neighbor, Mauna Loa, is only 120 feet lower.
A:The Sahara Desert covers large parts of the African countries of Algeria, Chad, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Western Sahara, Sudan and Tunisia. The desert has an area of over 3.6 million square miles, covering around one-quarter of the continent of Africa.
A:Africa is home to a number of highly venomous snakes, including the black mamba, the puff adder and the Egyptian cobra. The black mamba may be the deadliest snake found on the African continent, with a venom so powerful that a single dose can kill as many as 12 adult humans.
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:The Tuareg people, among others, have lived in the Sahara desert for thousands of years. Prior to its desertification, the area now occupied by the Sahara was relatively lush and was also more heavily populated than it has been for the past several centuries.
A:People in Cameroon speak 280 different languages. The country's two national languages are English and French. English speakers live mainly in the southwest and northwest regions; in the rest of the country, French is dominant.
A:Tundra is the primary biome of Antarctica. The tundra biome is characterized by extreme cold and a lack of vegetation, which is mostly reduced to dwarf shrubs, grasses, mosses and lichens. Tundra is also distinguished by low biodiversity, as almost no amphibians or reptiles can survive its temperatures.
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:Antarctica has 24 hours of sunlight every year on December 21, when it is tilted towards the sun. The longest night, with 24 hours of darkness, in Antarctica happens when this southernmost continent is tilted away from the sun.
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:Japan has over 130 different land mammals, 600 bird species and various reptiles, fish and insects. Much of Japan contains forest-covered mountainous terrain, which has not been developed for human habitation.
A:Afghanistan is bordered by Iran on the west, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan on the north, China on the northeast, and Pakistan on the east and south. A landlocked country, Afghanistan is located in central Asia in an area known as the Greater Middle East. Its geographic coordinates are 33 00 N, 65 00 E.
A:As of August 2014, there are 51 countries in Asia. Of these, Egypt has regions located in both Asia and Africa, while regions of Russia, Turkey, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are also located in Europe. Asia is the largest continent in the world.
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:Some facts about the capital of Korea or Seoul, South Korea are that it's the largest city in South Korea and that it is considered a mega city because it has a population over 10 million. The population was 10,208,302 as of 2009. Seoul covers an area of 233.7 square miles and has an average elevation of 282 feet.
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: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: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.
A:The Australian national capital city of Canberra was created to settle a dispute between Melbourne and Sydney, two of the nation's largest cities, over which location would serve as the nation's capital. Much like the District of Columbia in the United States, Canberra is a planned city that exists within its own sovereign territory and is not part of any Australian state.
A:The common honey bee is the second-deadliest venomous animal in that country. Even though only as many as 2 percent of Australians are actually allergic to the honey bee's venom, the proportion of danger relative to that posed by other venomous animals is quite high.
A:A combination of large fangs and strong venom makes the Sydney funnel-web spider one of the deadliest spiders on the planet. Certainly the most dangerous spider in Australia, which has no shortage of dangerous arachnids, the Sydney funnel-web spider will display its fangs when threatened.