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In the United States, there are thirty-two states that have American black bears living in their forests.

In the world, an average of 16 million thunderstorms are formed per year.

Increasing herbicide use has created a jungle of at least 48 "super-weeds" that are resistant to chemicals.

It is estimated that a plastic container can resist decomposition for as long as 50,000 years.

It is estimated that millions of trees in the world are accidentally planted by squirrels who bury nuts and then forget where they hid them.

It is the impurities in gemstones which give them their color.

It only snows about 2 inches per year over most of Antarctica. The coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth was in Antarctica -128.6 F.

It snows more at the Grand Canyon than it does in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

It takes 4,000 crocuses to produce a single ounce of saffron. Saffron is used to color and flavor foods, and was formerly used as a dyestuff and in medicine.

It takes 500 years to replace 1 inch of top soil lost through erosion.

It takes about 1,050 recycled plastic milk jugs to make one six-foot park bench.

It takes about five years for an oyster to produce a medium-sized pearl.

It takes about nine minutes for a snowflake to fall to Earth from a height of 1,000 feet.

It takes more than a million begonia seeds to weigh an ounce, which accounts for the seeds being so costly.

It takes more than two tons of South African rock to produce less than an ounce of gold.

It takes nearly two million flowers to create one pound of jasmine.

It's been estimated that 700 grocery bags can be made from one average-sized 20-year-old tree.

Ivy has long been identified with immortality. Because it's always green and clings tenaciously to life, it is often used as a symbol of eternal life in Christian art.

Katharine Lee Bates wrote the words to the classic American anthem "America The Beautiful" after her trip to the summit of Pikes Peak in 1893.

Leaves don't actually change colors in the fall. They normally look green because they contain chlorophyll. When the leaf dies the chlorophyll disappears and the other colors, associated with substances that were there all along, emerge.

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