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Earth Science Records
Learn about the highest, lowest, deepest, saltiest, largest, most powerful and more!
World's Tallest Mountain:
Everest is not the clear winner for "tallest" and "highest".
Deepest Point in the Ocean:
The deepest point in the ocean is in the Mariana Trench.
Continent High Points
Highest Mountain on Each Continent:
A map of continental high points.
Lowest Land Points
Land Below Sea Level:
Several places on earth are over 100 meters below sea level!
World's Largest Desert:
The Sahara is huge but two polar deserts are larger.
If it is not grown, it is mined.
World's Deepest Lake:
Lake Baikal in southern Russia is the world's deepest lake.
World's Largest Earthquake:
The world's largest recorded quake: Chile, 1960 at M 9.5.
World's Largest Meteorite:
Hoba, in Namibia, is the record - 66 tons of iron!
Largest Oil Spills
Largest Oil Spills Map:
Eleven oil spills from war, tanker wrecks and out-of-control wells.
Oil is found first in the mind.
World's Largest Lake:
How to measure? Volume? Surface area? Does salt water count?
World's Largest Tsunami:
The wave with the highest run-up was in Lituya Bay, Alaska.
Largest Land Mammals
Largest Land Mammals:
The extinction of dinosaurs allowed mammals to grow much larger.
Earth's Saltiest Water
Earth's Saltiest Body of Water:
Don Juan Pond in Antarctica is 18 times saltier than the ocean.
Diving to the deepest part of the ocean in 1960.
The present is the key to the past.
World's Largest Landslide:
Saidmareh slide in Iran - five cubic miles of debris!
Angel Falls in Venezuela. Image © Birget Prentner / iStockphoto.
World's Deepest Canyon:
Lots of debate over this one - the deepest canyon.
Geology underlies it all.
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