In the Netherlands, marijuana is not officially legal, but people are able to buy grass, hashish, loose joints, smoking paraphernalia, and seeds in registered "coffee shops". Magic mushrooms are also available. Despite such easy access, only about 5 percent of the population indulges.
Rubies and sapphires are made of corundum — the hardest known rock after the diamond.
In the U.S. Southwest, lichens form stable crusts that protect desert soils from erosion. Unfortunately, these crusts are quite fragile. They take decades to recover after being crushed by livestock or off-road vehicles.
Salt Lake City, Utah, gets an average of 17 inches more snow annually than Fairbanks, Alaska. Santa Fe, New Mexico, gets an average of 9 inches more snow each year than New Haven, Connecticut.
In the world, an average of 16 million thunderstorms are formed per year.
Increasing herbicide use has created a jungle of at least 48 "super-weeds" that are resistant to chemicals.
Cows, rice fields, and garbage dumps are the largest producers of methane gas..
Denver, Colorado, has 300 days of bright sunshine a year – more annual hours of sun than San Diego, California or Miami Beach, Florida.
Desert plants, like cactus, developed pointy spines as protection from animals.
Disposable diapers in the United States make up enough trash to fill a barge half a city block long, every six hours, every day.
Distinct bands of rainy weather and clouds can form up to 240 miles ahead of a warm front. These bands are parallel to the front, and are often about 125 miles long and 30 miles wide.
During a tornado in Ponca City, Oklahoma, a man and his wife were carried aloft in the house by a tornado. The walls and roof were blown away, but the floor remained intact and eventually glided downward, setting the couple safely back on the ground.
During Canada's summers, an average of one tornado every five days is reported in Canada, compared to five tornadoes every day in the United States.
During midsummer, the radical leaves of the compass plant invariably point precisely north and south.
During the 1900's, piggeries were developed in small- to medium-sized towns where swine were fed fresh or cooked garbage in order to cut down on waste in landfills. One environmental expert estimated that 75 pigs could consume 1 ton of refuse per day.
Sedimentary rocks are used to make cement, glass, fertilizer, baking soda, laundry bleach, and aspirin.
Seedless oranges were not grown in the United States until 1871. The first ones came from Brazil and were planted in California.
It is estimated that millions of trees in the world are accidentally planted by squirrels who bury nuts and then forget where they hid them
Shiny metals such as tin or copper turn into black powders when ground fine. Aluminum is the exception.
It is the impurities in gemstones which give them their color
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