The highest wind speed recorded at ground is at Mt. Washington, New Hampshire, on April 12, 1934. The winds were three times as fast as those in a hurricanes.
Only about 20 percent of diamonds are made into jewels. Because they are so hard, most diamonds are used to make tools such as dental drills and metal cutters.
We rely on the sun's output remaining steady for our climate to support life on Earth. If the sun's energy output would decreased by one-tenth, the entire Earth would be covered in ice one mile thick; if the sun's energy increased by 30 percent, all life on Earth would be burnt to a cinder.
The Hope diamond is the biggest (45.5 carats) blue diamond known in the world
Only one-fifth of air is oxygen. Most of the rest is nitrogen.
The hottest day ever in Canada was July 5, 1937 when the mercury soared to 45 degrees Celsius (113 Fahrenheit) in Midale and Yellowgrass, Saskatchewan. But that's downright chilly compared to the United States where the temperature hit 56.7 (135 F) degrees Celsius on July 10, 1913 at Death Valley, California, and Al'azizyah, Libya, where thermometers reached 58 C (137 F) on September 13, 1922.
Only three percent of the energy the atmosphere receives is converted into movement or kinetic energy
Orchids have the smallest seeds. It takes more than 1.25 million seeds to weigh 1 gram.
When energy is used, it doesn't disappear; it merely goes elsewhere or is changed into another form.
When viewed from above, rainbows are doughnut-shaped.
The jet streams blow from the west with such a power that eastbound airliners fly across North America about an hour faster than airliners flying westward.
Wind barriers such as hedges give protection downwind for a distance of up to ten times the height of the barrier.
The junk mail that Americans receive in one day could produce enough energy to heat 250,000 homes.
Over 500 varieties of fish are able to generate appreciable amounts of electricity..
With its intense, narcotic perfume, lilac, especially white lilac, is considered an unlucky plant in certain parts of the British Isles. It is among the least welcomed flowers for hospital patients, though some people believe that lilac blossoms with five petals brings luck to those who find them.
The largest known volcanic eruption occurred in Yellowstone Park when some 10,000 cubic kilometers of ejecta were spewed into the atmosphere. By comparison, Mount St. Helens coughed up about one cubic kilometer of debris.
Over the last 50 years in the U.S., around 9,000 people have died as a result of tornadoes, 5,000 as the result of floods, and 4,000 as the result of hurricanes.
Without any greenhouse effect, Earth would be cold and lifeless with an average temperature of 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
The largest snowflake on record measured 8 inches in width.
People have been growing roses for more than 5,000 years.
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