The Handy Geography Answer Book, Second Edition by Paul A. Tucci, Mathew T. Rosenberg

By Paul A. Tucci, Mathew T. Rosenberg

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While a sea can be any body of salt water, it usually refers to a body of salt water partially or completely enclosed by land. Oceans, though they can also be referred to as seas, are large areas of salt water, unobstructed by continents. How many oceans are there? The seas and oceans of the world are actually one big “world ocean” because they are connected. Most of the time the world ocean is divided into four main parts: the Pacific, Indian, Atlantic, and Arctic. By far the largest is the Pacific Ocean, more than twice the size of the Atlantic.

The Missouri-Mississippi River is the longest in the United States, approximately 3,860 miles (6,211 kilometers) in length. Where are the highest rivers in the world? The highest rivers are in Tibet, where there are two that stand out from all the rest: the Ating River at 20,013 feet (6,100 meters) and Brahmaputra River at 19,751 feet (6,020 meters). Why are the Missouri-Mississippi Rivers lumped together? Actually, the Missouri River was incorrectly named. The Missouri River is actually the main feeder river of what is now known as the Mississippi River.

The map was thought to be lost, but was rediscovered in 1901, and was kept in a castle in Wolfegg, Germany, for more than 350 years. What is the oldest known map drawn to scale? , the Greek geographer Anaximander created the first known map drawn to scale. His map was circular, included known parts of Europe and Asia, and placed Greece at its center. Where is the equator? The equator is the line located equidistant between the North and South Poles. The equator evenly divides the Earth into the northern and southern hemispheres and is zero degrees latitude.

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