Saturday, September 10, 2011

Natural Facts 4

* At the current rate of tropical forest loss, 5-10 percent of tropical rainforest species will be lost per decade.

* Baikal lake in Russia Fed. is the deepest lake (5315 ft) in the world.

* Bananas are actually giant herbs, related to the orchid family. They die after fruiting, like all herbs do.

* Between evaporation and falling as precipitation, a droplet of water may travel thousands of miles.

* Blue whales are found throughout the world's oceans. The lifespan is estimated to be 80 years and population is between 1300 and 2000 only, its dangerously low.

* Both female and male African elephants have tusks but only the male Asian elephants have tusks. They use their tusks for digging and finding food.

* Butterflies taste with their hind feet.

* Canada has the longest coastline of any country, at 56,453 miles or around 15 percent of the world's 372,384 miles of coastlines.

* Cats have over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs only have about 10.

* Certain fireflies emit a light so penetrating that it can pass through flesh and wood.

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