Category: Geography

  • What is the oldest national park in the world?

    What is the oldest national park in the world?

    The oldest national park in Poland is the Pieniny National Park, established in 1932. However, the oldest park of this kind in the world is located in the United States – it is the famous Yellowstone National Park, which spans three north-central states: Idaho, Montana, and primarily Wyoming. It was founded by the decision of…

  • Scandinavian and Nordic countries – is it the same thing?

    Scandinavian and Nordic countries – is it the same thing?

    What is the difference between the Scandinavian and Nordic countries? In short, “Nordic countries” is a broader geographical, cultural, and political term than “Scandinavian countries.” Scandinavian countries refer to three nations. Two of them, Sweden and Norway, are located entirely on the Scandinavian Peninsula. The third country, Denmark, initially occupied the southern part of the…

  • ‘Which city was removed from maps because it was so dangerous?’

    ‘Which city was removed from maps because it was so dangerous?’

    In Australia, there was a town called Wittenoom that was eradicated from maps due to the lingering presence of asbestos deposits left behind by crocidolite mines. Wittenoom was a town that developed around an asbestos mine and gained city status in 1950. The first cases of illnesses related to high concentrations of harmful asbestos dust…

  • What are the 10 Largest Countries in the World?

    What are the 10 Largest Countries in the World?

    Everyone knows that Russia is the largest country in the world. But what are the countries in further order of size? Russia – 17,098,242 km2 Canada – 9,596,960 km2 China – 9,596,960 km2 United States – 9,525,067 km2 Brazil – 8,515,767 km2 Australia – 7,682,300 km2 India – 3,287,263 km2 Argentina – 2,780,400 km2 Kazakhstan…

  • “In which countries is Spanish spoken?”

    “In which countries is Spanish spoken?”

    Spanish language is an official language in 22 countries around the world. Apart from Spain, these are mainly countries of Latin America, which have been intensely colonized by Spaniards since the end of the 15th century. The largest number of people for whom Spanish is their native language is found in Mexico – over 130…

  • What instrument is a symbol of Ireland?

    What instrument is a symbol of Ireland?

    Symbol of Ireland is harp, which is also featured on its coat of arms. It first appeared on coins minted for Ireland in 1207, and has since been repeatedly used in national symbolism. The current version of the coat of arms was created in 1945. Since joining the European Union and adopting the euro currency…

  • “What continent has the highest population?”

    “What continent has the highest population?”

    The continent with the largest population is, of course, Asia. The most populous countries in the world, China (1.44 billion) and India (1.38 billion), are located there. These two countries alone account for over one-third of the world’s population. A significant number of people also live in countries such as Indonesia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The…

  • ‘How old is Earth?’

    ‘How old is Earth?’

    How old is our planet? Earth is about 4.5 billion years old – precisely 4.467 billion years. This represents 32.5% of the age of the Universe, which is estimated to be 13.82 billion years. In turn, our Solar System and Sun were formed about 4.6 billion years ago, roughly the same time as Earth (taking…

  • ‘Who discovered Australia?’

    ‘Who discovered Australia?’

    The famous British explorer James Cook is commonly regarded as the discoverer of Australia, but this is not true. Cook did contribute significantly to the spread of knowledge about the islands of Oceania, particularly New Zealand, and his time marked the beginning of systematic colonization of this part of the world. However, Australia itself was…

  • Does it rain in the desert?

    Does it rain in the desert?

    Deserts are the driest places on Earth, but that doesn’t mean that they never experience rainfall. The average annual rainfall in all deserts combined is 250 mm. For comparison, in Poland it is approximately 600 mm. However, in some places, the yearly rainfall is much lower – in the driest place on Earth, Death Valley…

  • What is the smallest country in the world?

    What is the smallest country in the world?

    The smallest country in the world officially recognized on the international stage is Vatican City. It has only 839 citizens and covers an area of 44 hectares. Some urban parks in Warsaw, such as Skaryszewski Park or Mokotowskie Fields, are much larger than Vatican City. The capital of Poland is 1175 times bigger than Vatican…

  • ‘Where First Greet the New Year 2022?’

    ‘Where First Greet the New Year 2022?’

    Where in the world will New Year 2022 be celebrated first? Officially, the first New Year is celebrated on small islands in the Pacific Ocean. These islands belong to the countries of Kiribati and Tonga. However, the first grand celebration of the New Year traditionally takes place in New Zealand and Australia. It is a…

  • “What continent is the largest on Earth?”

    “What continent is the largest on Earth?”

    Which continent is the largest in the world? Currently, there are 7 continents on Earth. However, this order has not always existed and will likely change in the future due to tectonic plate movements. These displacements affect the surface of our planet, including the arrangement of continents. The Largest Continent in the World A continent,…

  • What month has the most rainfall?

    What month has the most rainfall?

    In which month is there the most rainfall? Autumn showers are often talked about, and this season is usually associated with heavy rainfall. But is this true? Two factors are used to calculate the average rainfall value: the total amount of rainfall and the number of rainy days. It is estimated that in many regions…

  • How many continents are there in the world?

    How many continents are there in the world?

    The concept of continents and their borders Continents are commonly understood as large land masses, but their borders are not determined by any clear geographic barriers – in many cases, humanity has simply agreed that a certain area can be considered a continent and another cannot. So, how many continents are there in the world?…

  • How long does a day last?

    How long does a day last?

    A day is the time between sunrise and sunset, but it is often associated with a 24-hour period. Typically, when we ask “what day is it?” or “what did we do yesterday?”, we are not interested in the time of day, but rather the time between waking up and going to sleep. So, the simplest…

  • “How Far is New York from Poland”

    “How Far is New York from Poland”

    How far is New York from Poland? It depends on whether we mean a specific city in Poland or the distance from the country’s border. How far is New York from Poland? According to Google Maps, the distance from New York to Poland (point shown by Google in the vicinity of the country’s center and…

  • “How far is the horizon at sea?”

    “How far is the horizon at sea?”

    You have probably wondered many times while standing on the shore of the sea how far the horizon is. Are those distant ships visible as mere outlines actually relatively close, or on the contrary – are they dozens of kilometers away from the shore? How far is the horizon at sea? How far is the…

  • ‘How Far is it to the Sun?’

    This question has probably been asked by people since ancient times. In modern science, it has become extremely important for various cosmic calculations. So how far is it from the Earth to the Sun? And is it possible that humanity will one day be so far away? What is the distance between Earth and the…