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The science that studies the lands, the features, the inhabitants, and the phenomena of the Earth.

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Do 10 Asian and African rivers generate 90% of plastic trash in the ocean?

I found this image shared on Facebook [Warning: image contains a bleeding turtle.] with the following text: Your Straws Did NOT Do This [image of turtle with foreign body in nostril] ...
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Can one estimate accurately the time until sunset using the width of one's fingers?

I've now heard from a friend and read about a claim online, which I find unlikely: You can estimate the time until the sun sets by using your fingers. By extending your arm fully and placing your ...
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Are the locations of Roman roads still linked to higher prosperity today?

The Romans built a large number of roads across much of Europe. Their primary function was to aid military movement and communication. But they became useful routes for trade and were, therefore, ...
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Is Rub' al Khali the largest sand desert in the world?

This sentence appears in the Wikipedia article on Rub' al Khali. The Rub' al Khali desert [note 1] (Arabic: الربع الخالي‎, i.e., "the Empty Quarter") is the largest continuous sand desert (erg) in ...
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Is there an alignment in the separation of ancient temples / complexes? [closed]

British writer Graham Hancock has made some claims about the location of Easter Island, Giza, and Angkor Wat. Because the distance between the Great Pyramid and Angkor is very nearly 20% of the ...
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Is Arabic the 4th most common language used on internet?

The Wikipedia page, Languages user on the Internet provides two different ways of ranking the most popular languages on the Internet. By content: Estimated percentages of the top 10 million ...
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Are some oceans so remote that the closest person is in the space station?

I was listening to BBC news radio last night - 18th day of May 2017 and I heard this guest who was campaigning for people to stop dumping trash in the oceans. Probably not the same very words but ...
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Can Polaris be seen from the Australian tropics?

According to The Flat-Earth Conspiracy By Eric Dubay , Polaris can be seen, up to approximately 23.5 degrees South latitude. That latitude is the Tropic of Capricorn which crosses through (the ...
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Have numerous people disappeared “without trace” at Black Mountain National Park?

Black Mountain (Kalkajaka) National Park is a 781 hectare protected area in Queensland, (Australia). Wikipedia says: The area has a bad reputation as numerous people and those searching for the ...
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Has Google Maps represented Palestine as a country in the past?

I saw quite recently, on social media, an AJ+ video expressing outrage at the fact that Google Maps does not depict Palestine as a country, instead tagging it as part of Israel and cordoning it off ...
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Is part of Himalayan mountain Kangtega a secret base?

There are plenty of sites claiming that part of Himalayan mountain Kangtega is a secret base: First, this could be an open area only visible with high end digital equipment. Meaning this could be a ...
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Is Spain ”the second most mountainous country in Europe”?

One hiking book my family owns described Spain as the second most mountainous country in Europe. Several online sources claim the same: Spain then and now: After Switzerland, Spain is the most ...
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Is there any scientific explanation for this trumpet noise from the atmosphere?

According to this Daily Mail article, there have been recordings of trumpet like noises from the atmosphere. However, nobody knows the cause of it. However, as it is from the Daily Mail, I am taking ...
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Is suicide caused by or correlated with living at high altitude?

According to the article There's a Suicide Epidemic in Utah — And One Neuroscientist Thinks He Knows Why: ... Despite ranking as America's happiest state, Utah has disproportionately high rates of ...
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Is it possible to measure ground water level by using coconut? [duplicate]

In South India, there are people who claim that they can measure the underground water level by using the coconut. They will hold coconut in their palm and walk on the site. Near the water source the ...
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Does the Piri Reis map demonstrate the Antarctic coast was ice-free?

The Piri Reis map is supposed to be a 300 year old map compiled from much older sources (possibly thousands of years old) that shows an accurate antarctic coastline. This site claims that it is ...
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Was the Meridian of Antwerp indeed the prime meridian of Mercator's Theatrum Orbis Terrarum?

On Wikipedia it is stated that The meridan of Antwerp is one of several prime meridians that have been used for geographic referencing. It is running through the city of Antwerp, in Flanders, ...
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Are Scotland's oil and gas reserves dwindling?

This article states that Scotland's oil and gas reserves and tax incomes are dwindling: http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/feb/07/scottish-independence-economic-implications-niesr Scotland's ...
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Are Americans ignorant of geography and the world?

The meme of American ignorance in geography and world affairs seems to be pretty common in my experience. But, how much truth is there in it? While I'm inclined to believe that the US population is ...
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Has Britain invaded most countries in the world?

The following map has been around on the internet for a while and claims that Britain has invaded almost every country in the world (source): I received it most recently in a tweet from @Amazing_Maps....
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Does England devote as much land to Golf as housing?

England is, apparently, one of the most "crowded" countries in the world with a high population density and the population is growing quite quickly. This has prompted a variety of concerns about ...
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Did CNN journalist say that Chechens are from Czech republic?

While there is little doubt that some Twitter users are not the brightest bunch (see: Are Americans ignorant about the geography of the world? ), there are claims that same misinformation has been ...
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Are Americans ignorant about the geography of the world?

Jenny Jinx tweeted (244 retweets, 31 favorites) Seriously, the Czech Republic released a statement to correct stupid Americans. I am so ashamed. Good grief. http://bit.ly/11mROu5 The linked ...
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Are there mobile phones in North Korea?

Is it true that there are no mobile phones in North Korea? I have heard opposing views saying that there is a working mobile network that many people use and views that say there isn't any of them in ...
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Is La Palma the steepest island in the world?

Googling for steepest island in the world leads numerous pages claiming that La Palma is the steepest island in the world. Having recently been there, I am inclined to believe it, but it appears the ...
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Does Texas have the right to secede from the United States?

There's a common folklore among Texans that Texas was the only state to specifically have it written that Texas may secede, although I've heard that other states have that right as well. In 2009, Gov ...
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Is there a place in the world where two oceans meet and they don't mix?

This picture is currently being spread virally: Some Muslims were saying that this is mentioned in the Quran where it is said: He has set free the two seas meeting together. There is a barrier ...
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Is Mecca at a special place on the earth's surface, dictated by the Golden Mean?

Mecca considered by Muslims to be the holiest city of Islam. This video about the Mecca makes the following claims: Mecca is at a special point on the Earth's surface in the sense that its ...
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Is kabbah the center of the earth [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Question about the Kabbah and the center of the earth In the following video it is claimed that Kabbah is the center of the earth. What is the scientific proof of this claim. ...
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Cocaine mummies?

Apparently traces of cocaine were found on Egyptian mummies. Given that the coca plant only grew in South America prior to Columbus, could this indicate the ancient Egyptians had contact with the New ...
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Is the “127 Corridor Sale” the world's longest yard sale?

These folks claim to organize the "World's Longest Yard Sale" every year. It claims to run from Hudson, Michigan to Gadsden, Alabama following US 127. I can attest that folks on Lookout Mountain, ...
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Do ley lines exist in the landscape?

The alignment of ancient sites (1500+ years) in the landscape is said to be evidence of ley lines. In the UK and elsewhere in Europe, it is said that many Saxon churches and pre-Christian monuments ...
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Did people think the Earth was flat?

I've heard it numerous times, that in the old days people thought that the world was flat. Most commonly I heard this in connection with the voyage of Columbus, that he believed the earth to be a ...
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Have there been unusual disappearances in the Bermuda Triangle?

An unusual number of ships and planes are said to have disappeared without a trace in the area called the Bermuda Triangle. This has caused some people to claim supernatural causes for these ...