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Issue 974

TIDBITS® CONSIDERS

GEOGRAPHY

by Janet Spencer

Come along with Tidbits as we marvel at geography!

GEOGRAPHY BY THE NUMBERS

• Size of Jacksonville, Florida, city with the largest total area in the contiguous U.S. in square miles: 747

• Size of Sitka, Alaska, city with the largest total area in the U.S. in square miles: 2,870

• Population of Jacksonville, Florida: 822,000

• Population of Sitka, Alaska: 8,881

• Population of the greater Tokyo metropolitan area, Japan: 38 million

• Population of Canada: 36 million

• Population of California: 39 million

• Average number of children born to mothers in Niger, Africa (the highest): 6.5

• Average number of children born to mothers in the U.S.: 1.87

• Average number of children in Canada: 1.6

• Average number of children in Japan: 1.41

• In Singapore (the lowest birth rate): .83

• Rate at which Mexico City sinks every year, in inches: 18

• Percent increase in the size of Rhode Island at low tide: 3

• Length of the river system in Saudi Arabia, in miles: 0

• Height of the world’s longest vertical drop, Mt. Thor, Baffin Island, Canada, in feet: 4,101

• Height of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, in feet: 2,717

• Height of the world’s tallest waterfall, Angel Falls in Venezuela, in feet: 3,212

• Height of Niagara Falls, in feet: 175

• Percent of the world’s population that lives in the northern hemisphere: 90

• Distance between Russia and the U.S. at their closest point in the Bering Strait, in miles: 2.4

• Time difference between Russia and the U.S. at that point, in hours: 21

• Number of time zones in Russia: 11

• Number of time zones in the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii: 6

• Percent of Canada that is covered in fresh water: 9

• Length of Canada’s coastline, longest in the world, in miles: 152,100

• Length of Japan’s coastline (6th longest), in miles: 18,486

 

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