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The greatest snowfall in the world belongs to Mount Rainer in Washington, for the 1971-1972 season. During that time it accumulated 1,224 inches of snow.

More than 75 million people are estimated to have been killed by earthquakes in the history of our planet.

The Gulf Stream travels 111 miles across the Atlantic Ocean each day.

Morning glory seeds are poisonous, and can be fatal if eaten in large amounts.

The guppy gets its name from the man who discovered it and presented specimens to the British Museum, naturalist R. J. L. Guppy of Trinidad.

Most dangerous of all avalanches, snow avalanches occur about a million times a year.

The heaviest hailstones on record, weighing 2 pounds, are reported to have killed 92 people in the Gopalganj district of Bangladesh on April 14, 1986.

Most gemstones contain several elements. Except the diamond it's all carbon.

Most landfilled trash retains its original weight, volume, and form for 40 years.

Most plant pollen is highly inflammable. It will ignite and explode when placed on an extremely hot surface. In the early days of modern theater, artificial lightning was produced by throwing pollen grains of the club moss onto a hot shovel.

The highest ordinary type cloud is the cirrus, which occurs at an average altitude of 27,000 feet.

The highest rating given a top quality diamond is D-flawless.

The highest temperature ever recorded on Earth was 136 Fahrenheit on September 13, 1992, in Azizia, Libya.

Most precious gems are actually colorless. Their color comes form impurities in the stone than act as pigmenting agents.

The highest tides in the world are in the Bay of Fundy in southeastern Canada. Tides have reached 70 feet at the head of this bay.

Most snowflakes are about 1/8 to of an inch in width and in height.

The highest wind speed recorded at ground is at Mt. Washington, New Hampshire, on April 12, 1934. The winds were three times as fast as those in a hurricanes.

Moving water rarely freezes solid.

The Hope diamond is the biggest (45.5 carats) blue diamond known in the world.

Much of Sweden is covered by conifers. By one estimate, if that country's pollen production were evenly spread, it would cover every Swedish square meter with 300 million grains.

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