Today I learned about "Homegrown National Park," an effort to encourage Americans to plant as many native plants as possible everywhere on their property to help bring back the continent's biodiversity smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
900 year old African coins were found of the coast of Australia, making them the oldest foreign artefacts found on the continent, predating the Europeans by centuries. australiangeographic.com.…
Today I learned about Victor Vescovo, the first person to travel to the deepest points in every ocean on Earth. All of his dives used the Deep Sea Vehicle Limiting Factor, which he funded. Vescovo has also skied to both poles and climbed the highest mountains on every continent. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
In 2013, Metallica performed in Antarctica just to break a record and be the first musical act to perform on all 7 continents. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
There was a bus route spanning 3 continents, starting from London and going up to Sidney via Calcutta gaadiwaadi.com/worlds-lon…
Europe and Asia aren't actually continents, but are two parts of one large continent called Eurasia. The division between Europe and Asia is an historical social construct that originated from the Ancient Greeks. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
Part of the motivation for European exploration of the world, besides gauging the strength of the Muslim enemy and finding the source of the spice trade, was to establish contact with the elusive Christian rulers that were thought to inhabit the vast interior of the Asian continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Maine is the closest U.S. state to the African continent insider.com/state-closest…
America got its name from an Italian explorer named Amerigo Vespucci, who proved that the land that Christopher Columbus explored in the years 1492-1504 was not India but an entirely new continent. biography.com/explorer/am…
The last uncontacted Australian Aboriginal people living a traditional nomadic life were encountered in 1984 in the heart of the Gibson desert in Western Australia. They had been unaware of the arrival of Europeans on the continent, let alone cars - or even clothes. abc.net.au/news/2014-10-2…
There are different definitions for the β€žseven summitsβ€œ, the highest mountains of each continent en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sev…
Australian eucalypts contain flammable oils in the leaves which helps start bushfires, thus eliminating competition from plants that can't survive fires. Bushfires have been a presence on the continent for so long, many plants have evolved mechanisms that protect against and spread fires. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus…
The Victorian British explorer Mary Kingsley travelled alone through Africa and climbed the continent's fourth highest mountain Mount Cameroon through a route never before attempted by Europeans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
There was a 70-year-old runner who ran 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days nbcnews.com/news/asian-am…
Metallica became the first band to play a concert on all seven continents. They played for 120 scientists and a number of competition winners at Carlini Station in 2013. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
East Africa is along a fault line that is pushing that part of the continent away from the rest of the continent. In a geological age, this push will result in the East separating from the country, not only forming a new landmass, but forming a new ocean. eos.org/articles/are-we-s…
Metallica was the first band to perform on all seven continents by performing live and un-amplified (to protect the environment) in Antarctica. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
It is not at all clear how many continents there are, with definitions ranging from four to seven. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bou…
One reason why Greenland is considered the largest island and Australia is a continent not an island (even it fits the definition of an island to be entirely surrounded by water) is because Greenland is a part of the North American plate and Australia has its own separate tectonic plate. britannica.com/story/is-a…
There are huge, diverse 'kelp forests' underwater stretching for thousands of miles, found around coastlines on every continent except Antarctica. Darwin said of their ecosystem "I can only compare these great aquatic forests with the terrestrial ones in the intertropical regions." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kel…
On the planet Venus, named after the Roman goddess of love, the northern continent is called Ishtar Terra, after Ishtar - the Babylonian goddess of love, and the southern continent is called Aphrodite Terra, after Aphrodite - the Greek goddess of love en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ven…
There is more genetic diversity among those from the African continent than the rest of the world ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
On December 8 2013, Metallica became the first band to play on all 7 continents with a concert at Carlini Station in Antarctica. youtube.com/watch?v=2Hi2u…
The Hudson Bay Company sold land comprising about a quarter of the continent to Canada in 1869 for $1.5 million. The inhabiting indigenous peoples were handed over to Canada like "a flock of sheep". cbc.ca/history/EPCONTENTS…
In 1596, Abraham Ortelius, recognized as the creator of the first modern atlas, the Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, noticed the shapes of continents on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean (most notably, Africa and South America) seem to fit together. He was the first to theorize the Continental Drift. wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraha…
Victor Vescovo has reached the deepest parts of all five of the earth's oceans. He has also climbed the highest peaks on all seven continents. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…
Portuguese, not Spanish, is the predominately spoken language on the continent of South America. (by a small margin) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Charles Darwin's 'Theory of Evolution' is thought to be deeply influenced by his private tutor in Edinburgh, John Edmonstone. Edmonstone was a Taxidermist of African descent from British Guiana, South America. This relationship would later encourage Darwin to explore the continent himself. history.co.uk/shows/not-w…
That, in 2017, a group of geologists from New Zealand, New Caledonia, and Australia fulfilled the requirements to classify New Zealand and New Caledonia as being part of its own continent (dubbed "Zealandia" in 1995) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zea…
[] Australia is the smallest continent on Earth. Oceania on the other hand is a region made up of thousands of islands in the South Pacific and is not a continent. nationalgeographic.org/en…
In 1861, the King of Siam offered a pair of elephants as a gift to America "to be let loose to increase and multiply in the continent of America". Lincoln sent a letter declining the gift, as elephants would be useless in Industrial America, and they likely would not survive anyway. foxnews.com/world/lincoln…
The British used to call mainland Europe "The Continent." As more continental European tourists travel to England and the Americas, they push for a breakfast of pastry, fruit, and coffee they normally eat. That is why hotels serve a "Continental Breakfast." Also because it's cheap. craves.everybodyshops.com…
The planet Earth is approximately halfway between the formation of the previous super continent "Pangea", which formed about 300 million years ago and existed until about 150 million years ago, and the next possible super continent, which may form in the future in about 250 million years needforscience.com/geolog…
African is extraordinarily genetically diverse. An Ethiopian person will likely have less in common genetically with a Sudanese person than they do with people from other continents. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
Because of their features and dark skin, the Roma people were mistaken for Egyptians when they moved westward from India to the European continent, leading to the term "gypsy." Many Roma reject the term "gypped" as it assumes deception and trickery. npr.org/sections/codeswit…
Horses originated in North America and spread to every Afro Eurasia and South America, only to become extinct in North America where they originated from. They were then reintroduced back to North America by humans. They have been in every continent including Antarctica now. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evo…
There is an 8th continent submerged almost entirely under water called Zealandia by New Zealand. businessinsider.in/scienc…
In 1984 a group of Australian Aboriginal people living a traditional nomadic life were discovered in the Gibson desert in Western Australia. They had been unaware of the arrival of Europeans on the continent, let alone cars - or even clothes. bbc.com/news/magazine-305…
The country of Russia has more surface area than the continent of Antartica visualcapitalist.com/visu…
The American Indians didn't have horses until the Spanish came to the continent. americanheritage.com/how-…
Genetical variation within human population is far less diverse than other species of mammal.There is no reason to assume that major genetic discontinuities exist between peoples on different continents or "races." humanorigins.si.edu/evide…
The mountain lions originally found throughout North America were completely wiped out by the arrival of humans some 10,000 years ago. The mountain lions seen since then are actually descendants of South American mountain lions that moved north and recolonized the continent. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Students in France are taught that there are 5 continents. In the US, it's taught that there are 7. study.com/academy/lesson/…
Today I learned about the Hidden Continent of Zealandia, a region of continental crust twice the size of India. Mostly submerged, the only major land masses include New Zealand and New Caledonia. scitechdaily.com/zealandi…
Naukan is a deserted Yupik village in Russia, once the easternmost settlement in the Eurasian continent. The eviction of the 400 indigenous inhabitants took place in 1954 with the objective of a possible military confrontation with the United States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nau…
Territory integral to the European Union can be found on five continents thanks to the outermost regions of European nations. There are the European countries, Cyprus is technically in Asia, French Guiana in South America, Guadeloupe in North America, and the Canary Islands in Africa. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The first ever science fiction novel, 'A True Story' was written in the second century AD. The novel includes travel to the outer space, flying to the Moon, alien lifeforms, interplanetary warfare and continents across the ocean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_T…
Aboriginal Australian "dot art" where dots and other shapes are used to construct images, while deeply associated with Aboriginal tradition, was only first done in 1971, very recently in the 40,000 year history of art on the continent. aboriginal-art-australia.…
Antartica looks like a one big continent. But with no ice, it would emerge as a giant peninsula and archipelago of mountainous islands, known as Lesser Antarctica or West Antarctica, and a single large landmass about the size of Australia, known as Greater Antarctica or East Antartica. nationalgeographic.org/en…
Today I learned of the Great Green Wall of Africa (or the Great Green Wall of the Sahara and the Sahel) being planted to combat the expansion of the Sahara Desert. Originally proposed in 1954 it is approximately 15% completed and will span 8,000 km across all of the African continent. greatgreenwall.org/about-…

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