The Great Lakes contain 6 quadrillion gallons of fresh water, one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water. The Great Lakes are the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world.
Twenty thousand plants are listed by the World Health Organization as being used for therapeutic purposes.
The Great Lakes have a combined area of 94,230 square miles — larger than the states of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Vermont combined.
On August 12, 1990, Typhoon Winona, combined with the summer holiday rush, created the longest traffic jam in Japan's history, an 84-mile-long chaotic mess. About 15,000 vehicles were involved.
Use of less fertilizer at precisely the right times can cut costs by up to 17 percent for farmers in developing countries and reduce damage to the environment.
The Gulf Stream travels 111 miles across the Atlantic Ocean each day.
On March 16, 1952, 6 inches of rain fell in one day on the town of Cilaos in the Reunion Islands
Variations in color in pearls are still a mystery, but some experts believe that high water temperatures contribute a golden cast to some pearls.
The guppy gets its name from the man who discovered it and presented specimens to the British Museum, naturalist R. J. L. Guppy of Trinidad.
One hurricane deposited enough water on Baquio on the Philippines to cover the entire island to a depth of 3 feet.
Venezuela's Angel Falls are a mile high. They were originally discovered from an airplane.
The highest ordinary type cloud is the cirrus, which occurs at an average altitude of 27,000 feet
One single perfect red rose framed with baby's breath is referred to by some florists as a “signature rose,” and is the preferred choice for many for giving on Valentine’s Day, anniversary, or birthday.
Virga are streaks of water drops or ice particles falling out of a cloud and evaporating before reaching the ground.
The highest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 136 degrees Fahrenheit on September 13, 1992, in Azizia, Libya.
One-third of the solar energy reaching the Earth is used in evaporating water; about 95,000 cubic miles each year. This is equivalent to 30 lakes the size of Lake Superior.
Waste industry experts estimate that Americans discard 250 million tires each year, and that more than 3 billion are stored in landfills or litter backyards and "wildcat" dumps. Tires burning at landfills generate huge amounts of noxious air pollution. This problem first came to national attention when hundreds of thousands of tires at an East Coast landfill in the U.S. burned for three years during the 1980's. Tire fires are difficult, and sometimes impossible, to extinguish.
The highest tides in the world are in the Bay of Fundy in southeastern Canada. Tides have reached 70 feet at the head of this bay.
Only about 1.6 percent of the water on Earth is fresh. Most of it is locked — unusable for living things — in snow and the ice at the poles and on the peaks of the highest mountains.
Water from the north Pacific can be carried by deep ocean currents right around Africa and into the North Atlantic.
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