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What is the lowest point in the world on land?

The world's lowest point is at the Dead Sea on the border of Israel and Jordan. It is 1,312 feet (400 meters) below sea level.

What is the lowest point on dry land?

The world's lowest point is still the Dead Sea shoreline, at approximately 1,378 feet (420 meters) below sea level.

What are the lowest points on each continent?

In Africa, the lowest point is Lake Assal in Djibouti, 512 feet (156 meters) below sea level. In North America, California's Death Valley lies at 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level. Argentina's Bahia Blanca is the lowest point in South America at 138 feet (42 meters) below sea level. The Caspian Sea in Europe lies at 92 feet (28 meters) below sea level, and Australia's lowest point is a mere 52 feet (16 meters) below sea level at Lake Eyre.

What is the highest point in the world?

At 29,035 feet (8,850 meters), the highest point above sea level in the world is Mt. Everest, which lies on the border of China and Nepal.

Is Mt. Everest growing taller?

Because of the shifting plates underneath the surface of the Earth, Mt. Everest is actually growing at a rate of 2.4 inches (6.1 cm.) per year.

What are the highest points on each continent?

The highest peak in South America, Aconcagua, lies in Argentina at 22,834 feet (6,960 meters). In North America, Alaska's Mt. McKinley (also called Denali, as it is known indigenously) is 20,320 feet (6,194 meters).

The famous Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,340 feet [5,895 meters]) is in Africa's Tanzania. Ice-covered Antarctica's high point is known as Vinson Massif, 16,864 feet (5,140 meters). Europe's Mont Blanc is in the Alps between France and Italy at 15,771 feet (4,807 meters). Australia's high point, Kosciusko, is the lowest of all the continents at 7,310 feet (2,228 meters).

What is the highest mountain on Earth?

The highest mountain lies on the big island of Hawaii, with a height from the bottom of the sea floor, rising 33,474 feet

Mt. Everest is the tallest peak on Earth, standing 29,035 feet above sea level.

Mt. Everest is the tallest peak on Earth, standing 29,035 feet above sea level.

(10,203 meters) to the top of Mauna Kea, which is a volcano that rises 13,680 feet (4,170 meters) above sea level.

What are the deepest points in the oceans?

Lying deep below the Pacific Ocean, about 200 miles (322 kilometers) south of the island of Guam, is the Marianas Trench (also known as the Mariana Trench), which is 1,554 miles (2,550 kilometers) long and 44 miles (71 kilometers) wide. The deepest point of the Marianas Trench is 36,198 feet (11,033 meters). In the Atlantic Ocean, the Puerto Rico Trench is 28,374 feet (8,648 meters) below the surface. In the Arctic Ocean, the Eurasia Basin is 17,881 feet (5,450 meters) deep. The Java Trench in the Indian Ocean is 23,376 feet (7,125 meters) deep. Another deep point of note in the Pacific Ocean is Monterey Canyon off the coast of northern California. It is about 95 miles (153 kilometers) long and 11,800 feet (3,600 meters) deep. The cold waters generated in the trench create a perfect environment rich in foods that support a diverse range of wildlife.

In comparison to all of these ocean canyons, the most famous land canyon—the Grand Canyon in Arizona—is 277 miles (446 kilometers) long and 6,000 feet (1,829 meters) deep. The world's ocean canyons are much more impressive, but most people will never see them.

Where is the farthest point from land?

In the middle of the Southern Pacific ocean lies a spot that is 1,600 miles (2,574 kilometers) from any land. Located at 47°30' South, 120° West, this spot is equidistant from Antarctica, Australia, and Pitcairn Island.

Where is the farthest point from an ocean?

In northern China lies a spot that is over 1,600 miles (2,574 kilometers) from any ocean. Located at 46°17' North, 86°40' East, the land is equidistant from the Arctic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Pacific Ocean.

What were the seven wonders of the ancient world?

While there was often disagreement by ancient and classical scholars as to which major works of art and architecture could be considered wonders, these seven were nearly always on the list: the Pyramids of Egypt (the only remaining wonder), the Colossus of Rhodes (on the island of Rhodes in Greece), the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus ( a marble temple in Turkey), the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus (Bodrum, Turkey), the Statue of Zeus at Olympia (an ivory and gold statue in South Western Greece), the Hanging Gardens of Babylon (an enormous garden building, with plants of every kind, near Al Hillah, Iraq) and the Lighthouse of Alexandria (on the island of Pharos, near Alexandria, Egypt).

What are the seven wonders of the modern world?

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the seven wonders of the modern world include the Channel Tunnel between England and France; the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada; the Empire State Building, New York; the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco; the Itaipu Dam between Brazil and Paraguay; the Netherlands North Sea Protection Works; and the Panama Canal.

What are the seven natural wonders of the world?

These include the Aurora Borealis (northern lights), Mt. Everest (on the border of China and Nepal), Victoria Falls (in eastern Africa), the Grand Canyon (USA), Great Barrier Reef (Australia), Paricutin (volcano in Mexico), and the harbor of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) with its stunning topography.

One of the seven natural wonders of the world is the stunning Grand Canyon in Arizona.

One of the seven natural wonders of the world is the stunning Grand Canyon in Arizona.

 
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