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Old 09-05-2012, 01:16 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Decided to start a new game. List ONE geographical fact that you find surprising/counter-intuitive. Take terms to list just one at a time:

I'll go first:

Dhaka, Bangladesh, is roughly halfway from New Zealand to the UK. I guess NZ is sorta the Asia-Pacific region, but you forget just how far away it is.
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:48 AM
 
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The northernmost part of Antarctica (the northern tip of the Antarctic peninsula) is closer to South America than to the South Pole!
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:18 AM
 
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Norway, Northern Europe: The distance from Nordkapp (northern tip) to Lindesnes (southern tip) is 2,635 km / 1,637 mi. That is roughly the same distance as from Oslo, Norway to Athens, Greece (2,603 km / 1,618 mi).
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:10 AM
 
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The southernmost point of the Federation of Russia, Derbent, Daghestan, is exactly at the same Latitude (42° N) as the southernmost point of Canada (Pelee island on Lake Erié) and nearly at the same Latitude as the southernmost point of France (overseas territories excepted), Bonnifacio in Corsica (41° 20' N)!
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:06 AM
 
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^ a similar one that often surprises Canadians is that Toronto is at about the same latitude as Nice or Canne in France, where the weather is always warm and nice.
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Old 09-05-2012, 07:39 AM
 
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You're right , Toronto at 43°30' NLat is even exactly at the same Latitude as Cannes and Nice, however contrary to one's beliefs, the French Riviera does have a winter, and nights in december-march can be surprisingly cold, around 32°Fwith snow flurries
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:05 AM
 
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You're right , Toronto at 43°30' NLat is even exactly at the same Latitude as Cannes and Nice, however contrary to one's beliefs, the French Riviera does have a winter, and nights in december-march can be surprisingly cold, around 32°Fwith snow flurries
but not for coastal cities such as Nice, right?
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:14 AM
 
Location: Paris, France
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London and Paris are at the same latitude as frigid Newfoundland - whereas New York is opposite Porto, Portugal. People always assume these three rival world cities are at similar latitudes.
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:18 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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The southernmost point of the Federation of Russia, Derbent, Daghestan, is exactly at the same Latitude (42° N) as the southernmost point of Canada (Pelee island on Lake Erié) and nearly at the same Latitude as the southernmost point of France (overseas territories excepted), Bonnifacio in Corsica (41° 20' N)!
Also, the northernmost part of California is the same latitude as the southernmost part of Canada (roughly 42°N)!
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:03 AM
 
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Also, the northernmost part of California is the same latitude as the southernmost part of Canada (roughly 42°N)!
Absolute farthest southernmost part of Canada is Middle Island at 41.41N
It's tiny island in the middle of Lake Erie, just south of much larger Pelee Island.
Pelee Island has ferry service to it and is known for it's wineries.
Same latitude as Rome, Italy!
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