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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Today's Trivia ~ because I can

Russia has one commander who never lost to an invasion ~ General Winter.

Last term the Star & I looked at the Russian Revolution ~ which is all about politics & actually very dull but necessary to a good understanding of the modern world.  It was, in fact, so very dull, I did not require her to write anything on it ~ not yet, anyway.  Instead I sent her scrounging after all the interesting or peculiar facts she could discover about Russia..  These are just some of them!

. Russia is the largest country in the world: 17, 075 square kilometres.

.It is a trans~continental country that covers ½ of the northern hemisphere & ½ the earth’s land mass.

. It is the 9th most populated country

. It spans 9 time zones

. It covers 40% of the European continent

. It is neighbours with more countries than anywhere else on earth

. It touches 22 bodies of water

.Russia’s lakes hold ¼ of the world’s fresh water.

. It has the world’s largest reserve of mineral & energy resources

. During the 18th century it was the 3rd largest empire in world history.

. Moscow has 11 million people & is Europe’s largest city

. The world’s largest forest reserves are in Russia.

. The forests are 2nd only to the Amazon rainforest in the amount of co2 they produce

. The forests are known as “The Lungs of Europe”

. The Russian Taiga is the world’s largest terrestrial biome [boreal forest]

. Russia has the world’s largest active volcano: Khjuchevskaya Sopka [4750m]

. Ladoga Lake is the largest lake in Europe: 18 400sq km. with an average depth of 51m

. Baikal Lake is the deepest lake in Russia. At 31.5 sq km it could cover Mt Everest.

. The Khubins are the highest mountains behind Russia’s polar circle

. Kamchatka Volcanoes are turned into ski slopes

. Russia has 12 seas.

. The Russian tundra is melting for the first time since The Ice Age

. Oymyakon is the coldest city on earth with a lowest recorded temperature of -96F.

. Altai has more than 820 glaciers covering 600sq km

. The Caspian Sea is the world’s largest inland body of water.

. The Aral Sea [the 4th largest inland sea]


Ruby said...

Interesting...and aren't those buildings fabulous!

Ganeida said...

Like icecream cones! Luv 'em!

seekingmyLord said...

I still do not want to live there. ;)

Jeanne said...

The architecture is fascinating. I would like to travel the Trans Siberian one day.

Ganeida said...

Seeking: I don't want to live there either! ☺

Jeanne: Yes. I always think of Gladys Alywood. She did it on her own getting to China when the revolution was stomping hard.

Finding Joy said...

I studied the Russian Revolution in year 12 and loved it, it was fascinating ! I had a great teacher that made it come alive, perhaps that is why. Afterwards I read heaps of Russsian classics:)

I just finished watching a 6 part DVD on Russia by Jonathan Dimbleby which was excellent.

Ganeida said...

Ah Jo. You have a head for politics! I don't. I do enjoy the Romanovs & that is what I will get Star to do her paper on. ☺