11. The largest country in the world spreads over 11 different time zones.
Russia, officially known as the Russian Federation, spanning over 17,075,200 square km (6,592,800 sq mi), is the largest country in the world. It is so large, that it spreads over 11 time zones. The current time range observed by Russia is UTC+02:00 to UTC+12:00, which means that when one side of Russia is in total sunlight, the other side is in total darkness.
12. Believe it or not, more than half of humanity live within this circle than outside of it.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the world’s population is roughly 7,361,385,266 and the countries in the circle are China, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Japan, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, South Korea, Nepal, Malaysia, North Korea, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Bhutan. The total population when added up is 3,637,830,357, or roughly 51.4 percent of the global population.
13. The most remote place on Earth – Point Nemo.
Based at 48°52.6′ south, 123°23.6′ west, also known as the “oceanic pole of inaccessibility“, Point Nemo is the most remote point on Earth. This peculiar place is located over 1000 miles away from the coasts of three far-flung islands, Ducie Island (one of the Pitcairn islands), Motu Nui (of the Easter Island chain) and Maher Island.
The fictional hero in the novel “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” of Jules Verne, was the inspiration for the name. Because of the in-accessibility to the land through sea, Point Nemo is a graveyard for decommissioned satellites, shuttles or space stations.
14. Victoria Island in Canada has the world’s largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island.
Canada is the second largest country in the world and it’s not surprising to see that it has a lot of lakes. The country also has more than half of all the natural lakes in the world, and about nine percent of the country is covered in fresh water. The Lake Taal on the Philippine island of Luzon was well known for having a tiny island in a crater lake on Volcano Island that had the largest island within an island within an island. But a new lake has been discovered in Canada that measures about four acres. This strip of land contains a small lake on a slightly larger island within a bigger lake in the enormous island of Victoria in Canada. Located at 69.793 degrees North, 108.214 degrees West, the unnamed island is assumed to be undiscovered by any human being till now.
15. Pacific Ocean – The largest ocean in the world contains its own antipode.
Lying between the US in the east and Asia and Australia in the west, Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. With a length of 62.46 million mi², and the depth of 14,042′, this massive ocean extends from the Southern Ocean in the south to the Arctic Ocean in the north. This vast ocean is considered to be antipodal at some points, which in geographic terms means a point on the Earth’s surface, that is diametrically opposite to it. To explain it further, suppose that a person or an object swims through the antipodal point. The subject will pass through the Earth’s core and reach the other side of Earth, and still be in the Pacific Ocean.