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Greatest Ocean Depth
Deepest Point in the Ocean
Deepest Point in the Ocean The deepest point in the ocean is in the Mariana Trench.
Largest Earthquake
Largest Earthquake
Largest Earthquake - The largest recorded earthquake: M9.5, near Valdivia, southern Chile, 1960.
Tallest Mountain
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Tallest Mountain Everest has rivals in tallness, altitude and distance to the center of Earth.
Largest Tsunami
Largest Tsunami
Largest Tsunami The wave with the highest run-up was in Lituya Bay, Alaska.
Deepest Lake
Deepest Lake in the World
Deepest Lake in the World Lake Baikal in southern Russia is the deepest lake in the World.
Largest Diamonds
world's largest diamonds
World*s Largest Diamonds Records for the largest rough, faceted and carbonado diamond.
Gifts That Rock
Gifts That Rock
Gifts That Rock - What are the most popular gift items in the Geology.com store?
Explosive Volcanoes
The Most Explosive Eruption
The Most Explosive Eruption is believed to have occurred at Wah Wah Springs, Utah.
World*s Tallest Waterfall
Tallest Waterfall
Angel Falls in Venezuela is the tallest waterfall in the world - it is 3212 feet tall.
Largest Meteorite
Largest Meteorite
Largest Meteorite Hoba, in Namibia, is the record - 66 tons of iron!
Highly Acidic Lake
Largest Highly Acidic Lake
The World*s Largest Highly Acidic Lake is in the caldera of Kawah Ijen Volcano, Indonesia.
Largest Desert
Largest Desert
Largest Desert The Sahara is huge but two polar deserts are larger.
Lightning Hot Spots
Lake Maracaibo Lightning
World Record Lightning - This lake has more lightning than any other place in the world.
Continent High Points
Highest Mountain on Each Continent
Highest Mountain on Each Continent A map of continental high points.
Largest Lake
Largest Lake in the World
Largest Lakes - How to measure? Volume? Surface area? Does salt water count?
Lowest Land Points
Land Below Sea Level
Land Below Sea Level Several places on earth are over 100 meters below sea level!
Largest Oil Spills
Largest Oil Spills Map
Largest Oil Spills Map Eleven oil spills from war, tanker wrecks and out-of-control wells.
Deepest Dive
Bathyscaphe Trieste
Bathyscaphe Trieste Diving to the deepest part of the ocean in 1960.
Largest Impact Crater
Vredefort Impact Crater
The Vredefort Crater is the largest and 2nd oldest impact crater visible on Earth.
Largest Landslide
Largest Landslide
Largest Landslides Heart Mountain and Storegga are the largest known landslides.
Largest Volcano
Largest Volcano
Largest Volcano - That title is shared by Tamu Massif, Mauna Kea and Ojos del Salado.
Artificial Islands
Dubai Islands
Largest Man-Made Islands - The Palm Islands were built in the Persian Gulf, on Dubai's coast.
Tallest U.S. Waterfall
tallest waterfall in the United States
The Tallest Waterfall in the U.S. is located on the Island of Molokai in Hawaii. It is 2953 feet tall.
Tallest Geyser
Tallest Geyser
Steamboat Geyser produces eruptions over 300 feet high - taller than any other geyser.
Geology Tools
Geology Tools
Geology Tools - Rock hammers, field bags, hand lenses, maps, hardness picks, gold pans.