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The physical world
The Earth’s surface is constantly being transformed: it is uplifted, folded, and faulted by tectonic forces; weathered and eroded by wind, water, and ice. Sometimes change is dramatic, the spectacular results of earthquakes or floods. More often it is a slow process lasting millions of years. A physical map of the world represents a snapshot of the ever-evolving architecture of the Earth. This terrain map shows the whole surface of the Earth, both above and below the sea.
Physical Factfile of Earth
Diameter of Earth at Equator: 7927 miles (12,756 km).
Equatorial circumference of Earth: 24,901 miles (40,075 km).
Diameter from Pole to Pole: 7900 miles (12,714 km).
Polar circumference of Earth: 24,860 miles (40,008 km).
Mass: 5988 million million million tons (tonnes).
Countries of the World
There are currently 196 independent countries in the world and almost 60 dependencies. Antarctica is the only land area on Earth that is not officially part of, and does not belong to, any single country. In 1950, the world comprised 82 countries. In the decades following, many more states came into being as they achieved independence from their former colonial rulers. Most recent additions were caused by the breakup of the former Soviet Union in 1991, and the former Yugoslavia in 1992, which swelled the ranks of independent states. In July 2011, South Sudan became the latest country to be formed after declaring independence from Sudan.
Maps of the World
The shape of the Earth has remained unchanged, for millions of years, but not so its map. The map of the world is constantly changing as the boundaries of countries change. The boundaries of old countries crumble, only to form new ones, yet others merge to form new, larger countries. Wars and conflicts constantly redraw the boundary lines of our world map, World War II is perhaps the best example of this.
In modern times, technological advances have made us all neighbours. A single touch on the key pad, and people thousands of miles away are right before us in an instant. The world is shrinking to a large village – a global village. Even then geographical boundaries do exist. A better understanding among people about every land, its people, its way of life is definitely a need of the hour.
There are 196 independent countries in the world today. With the exception of Antarctica, where territorial claims have been deferred by international treaty, every land area of the Earth’s surface either belongs to, or is claimed by, one country or another. The largest country in the world is the Russian Federation, the smallest is Vatican City. Some 60 overseas dependent territories remain, administered variously by France, Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, the UK, the US, and the Netherlands.
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