Geography Hall of Fame

Largest Continent:Asia, 17,212,000 square miles
Smallest Continent:Australia, 3,132,000 square miles
Highest Mountain:Mount Everest, Himalayan Mountains, Nepal-Tibet, 29,035 feet above sea level
Lowest Point on Land:The Dead Sea, Israel-Jordan, water surface 1,349 feet below sea level
Deepest Underwater Trench:Mariana Trench, 200 miles southwest of Guam in the Pacific Ocean, 36,198 feet below the ocean surface
Largest Sea:The Mediterranean Sea, 1,144,800 square miles
Highest Lake:The highest navigable lake is Lake Titicaca in Peru, 12,500 feet above sea level
Lowest Lake:The Dead Sea, Israel-Jordan, surface of water 1,349 feet below sea level
Largest Lake:Caspian Sea, 152,239 square miles
Largest Freshwater Lake:Lake Superior, U.S.-Canada, 31,820 square miles
Deepest Ocean:Pacific Ocean, average depth 13,215 feet
Largest Ocean:Pacific Ocean, 60,060,700 square miles
Smallest Ocean:Arctic Ocean, 5,427,000 square miles
Largest Gulf:Gulf of Mexico, 615,000 square miles
Largest Bay:The Bay of Bengal, 1,300,000 square miles
Largest Island:Greenland, 839,999 square miles
Largest Peninsula:Arabia, 1,250,000 square miles
Largest Archipelago:Indonesia, 3,500-mile stretch of 17,000 islands
Largest Gorge:Grand Canyon, Colorado River, Arizona, U.S., 217 miles long, 4–18 miles wide, 1 mile deep
Deepest Gorge:Hells Canyon, Snake River, Idaho, 7,900 feet deep
Longest Mountain Range:The Andes of South America, 5,000 miles
Longest River:The Nile, Africa, 4,180 miles
Shortest River:The Roe, Montana, U.S., 200 feet long
Largest River:The Amazon, South America, basin of 2,500,000 square miles
Longest Estuary:Ob River, Russia, 550 miles long, up to 50 miles wide
Largest Lagoon:Lagoa dos Patos, Brazil, 150 miles long, 4,500 square miles
Largest Waterfall:Angel Falls, Venezuela, 3,212 feet high

An archipelago is a string of islands.


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