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Issue 974

(Continued from front page)

• Length of Australia’s coastline (7th longest), in miles: 16,000

• Number of years it would take to visit every beach in Australia at the rate of one per day: 29

• Length of the border between Canada and the U.S., longest in the world, in miles: 5,525

• Number of United States that share a border with Canada: 13

• Percent of Canadians that live within 100 miles of the border: 75

• Length of the border between Botswana and Zambia, world’s shortest, in miles: 0.09

• Number of the 25 tallest peaks in the world that are in the Himalayas: 19

• Height of the Hawaiian mountain Mauna Kea, measured from sea level, in feet: 13,802

• Height of Mauna Kea when measured from the sea floor, in feet: 33,000

• Height of Mount Everest, in feet: 29,028

• Height by which Mount Everest grows each year, in inches: 0.15

• Number of people who have died on Mount Everest: 290

• The last year in which no one died on Mount Everest: 1977

• Number of countries on the African continent: 54

• Length of Alaska coastline if only continental edges are counted, in miles: 6,640

• Length of Alaska coastline if islands are included, in miles: 33,904

• Length of Alaska coastline if bays, inlets, and sounds are included, in miles: 47,300

• Length of Florida coastline, in miles: 1,350

• Length of Michigan coastline with four out of five Great Lakes, in miles: 8,436

• Number of lighthouses still standing in Michigan: 124

• Number of lighthouses still standing in Maine: 65

• Percent of the American population that lives within 100 miles of an ocean: 39

• Percent of Alaska covered by glaciers: 5

• Population of Manhattan, if it had the same population density as Alaska: 15

• Highest temperature ever recorded in Alaska, in Fahrenheit: 100

• Highest temperature ever recorded in Antarctica, in Fahrenheit: 63.5

• Percent of the world’s ice located in Antarctica: 90

• Percent of the planet permanently covered by ice: 10

• Highest point in Pennsylvania, at Mt. Davis, in feet above sea level: 3,213

• Lowest point in Colorado, at the Arkansas River, in feet above sea level: 3,315

• Percent of Caribbean islands that are inhabited: 1

• Length of the Trans-Siberian Railway, in miles: 5,772

• Distance from New York City to Los Angeles by car, in miles: 2,813

• Number of bridges the Trans-Siberian Railway crosses: 3,901

• Number of active volcanoes in the U.S.: 169

• Number of active volcanoes in Alaska: 130

• Number of active volcanoes in Japan: 17

• Length of the Panama Canal, in miles: 48

• Number of hours it takes to pass through the Panama Canal: 8

• Number of ships that pass through the Panama Canal annually on average: 14,000

• Number of miles saved by using the Panama Canal instead of rounding South America: 8,000

• Number of workers who died during the construction of the Panama Canal, mostly due to malaria and yellow fever: 25,000

• Toll paid by the largest cargo ships for passing through the Panama Canal: $450,000

• Smallest toll ever paid, by a swimmer: $0.36

• Average amount of tolls collected annually: $1.8 billion

• Size of Disney World in Orlando, Florida, in acres: 30,500

• Size of Manhattan Island, in acres: 14,600