The bark of the redwood tree is fireproof. Fires in redwood forests take place inside the trees.
The world's largest wind generator is on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. The windmill has two blades 400 feet long on the top of a tower, twenty stories high.
The bleakest places on Earth are the two poles: the South Pole has no sunshine for 182 days each year; the North Pole does slightly better — it has no sunlight for 176 days.
Most landfilled trash retains its original weight, volume, and form for 40 years.
The world's rarest gem is Painite. Only three crystals have ever been found.
The bulbs and leaves of the daffodil contain poisonous crystals which only a select few insects can eat without suffering an agonizing death. While squirrels and other rodents won't eat them, they may dig up the bulbs.
Most plant pollen is highly inflammable. It will ignite and explode when placed on an extremely hot surface. In the early days of modern theater, artificial lightning was produced by throwing pollen grains of the club moss onto a hot shovel.
The world's tallest grass, which has sometimes grown 130 feet or more, is bamboo.
The California redwood – coast redwood and giant sequoia – are the tallest and largest living organism in the world.
Moving water rarely freezes solid.
The world's windiest place is reputed to be Commonwealth Bay, George V Coast, Antarctica, where wind speeds of 200 miles per hour have been recorded.
The cirrus cloud, the highest type of cloud in altitude, contains extremely cold water at -31 degrees Fahrenheit.
Much of Sweden is covered by conifers. By one estimate, if that country's pollen production were evenly spread, it would cover every Swedish square meter with 300 million grains.
The worst climate in the world may be at Yakutsk, in Russia. In winter, the temperature falls to -84 degrees Fahrenheit. In summer, it can reach 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
The core of a upward lightning stroke is only a few inches across but can carry a current of 100,000 amperes, enough to run nearly 8,000 electric toasters at the same time.
Nationwide, U.S. experts say there are too few honeybees. This is cause for alarm, as honeybees are the natural pollinators of all vine crops as well as certain nuts, some citrus, and backyard apples. Up to 90 percent of feral bees have been killed off in the northeast United States.
The worst storm to hit southern England occurred on the night of November 26, 1703. The English writer Daniel Defoe described the storm in his diary. About 8,000 people died, mainly at sea.
The discovery of garnet often indicates that diamonds are nearby.
Nauru, a small island country in the Central Pacific once had one of the highest per capita incomes in the world based on "guano," a phosphate-rich bird-poop. During the 19th century, Peru also did well selling guano to countries in Europe who bought it to fertilize their fields.
There are 250,000 species of flowering plants on Earth today.
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