Numbers Game

In perusing a travel website, I came across some interesting numbers.  Here are a few of the more astounding ones.  Speaking of numbers, Iowa Voyagers has more than 50 trips to choose from, so visit our website at to learn more.

  • Number of countries in the world: 195
  • Highest elevation on Earth: Mount Everest at 29,035 feet
  • Tallest mountain on Earth from base to peak: Mauna Kea, Hawaii, at 33,480 feet
  • Lowest elevation on land: Dead Sea at 1,369 feet below sea level
  • Highest land temperature recorded: 135.8°F at Al Aziziyah, Libya, on September 13, 1922
  • Lowest temperature recorded: -128.5°F at Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983
  • Earth’s composition of water vs. land: 70.8% water, 29.2% land
  • Age of the Earth:  4.5 to 4.6 billion years old

Diane Baker
Director, Iowa Voyagers

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