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20 Weird And Wacky Geographical Facts That Are Seriously Mind-Blowing!

6. Mt. Chimborazo is closer to space than Mt. Everest.

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Planet Earth is slightly oval-shaped, which means that it is slightly inflated around the equator. This gives countries like Ecuador and Kenya a bit of an edge, and the added elevation makes Mt. Chimborazo (20,564 feet from sea level) taller than Mt. Everest.

With an astounding 8,848 meters (29,029 ft) above sea level, Mt. Everest is Earth’s highest mountain. Though mountains are measured from sea level, if we measure it from the center of the Earth, the Chimborazo mountain becomes the tallest point from the surface of the Earth.

7. Three earthquakes led to the creation of Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee.

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The shallow lake in the northwest part of U.S. state of Tennessee is a natural lake. When the New Madrid region was subjected to three earthquakes, with a magnitude of 7.5 to 8 during 1811–12, open bodies of water called basins were connected and formed the Reelfoot Lake in Tennessee. This was also the same year and the same earthquakes that caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards. On conducting further studies and experiments on this anomaly, scientists concluded that the earthquake was strong enough to produce waves flowing towards the northwest region, thus creating the illusion that the river changed its course.

8. Wish to be at 4 places at the same time?

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Four states meet at a unique region on the United States, making it possible to be at four places at the exact same time. Known as Four Corners, this unique point consists of the states Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. Upon entering the circle, you are basically in four different states at any given moment.

9. The sand dunes in Mauritius are made up of seven different colors.

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The island nation in the Indian Ocean is famous for its seven colored sand dunes. These sand dunes consist of seven different layers or colors and when the sun illuminates its light on them, they can be seen clearly. Due to its extreme beauty and popularity, it is also called the Seven Colored Earths. The decomposing volcanic rocks are the main reason the different colored sands and the rains carved the beautiful curves and patterns.

10. A stadium in Brazil lies exactly on the Equator, that makes the teams defend each hemisphere.

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Zerão, a common name given to Estádio Milton Corrêa, a stadium located in Macapá, Brazil was established in 1990. With a capacity to hold 10,000 people, this unique stadium’s midfield line lies exactly on the equator. This means that, whenever two teams are playing each other, they are technically defending one hemisphere each.

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