OT: Random Geography Facts.


MI Hall of Famer
Oct 8, 2002
Here are some random geography facts, because it's summer and well, why not?

- UTEP is farther west than 3 Mountain West Schools(Wyoming, CSU, and Air Force) and essentially tied with a 4th(UNM).

- El Paso is farther west than Denver and the State Capital of Wyoming(Cheyenne).

- El Paso is closer to Los Angeles than Houston.

- Reno, Nevada is farther west than Los Angeles.

- If you are standing in Beaumont, Texas then El Paso, Texas(827 miles) is about twice as far away as Pensacola, Florida(441 miles).

- Calgary and Edmonton Canada are both farther west than Phoenix.

- Detroit is a border town(I never knew that until I started looking tonight).

- Detroit is the only USA city to ever reach a population above a million and then fall back below a million.

- Based on population, El Paso(683,000) is larger than the following cities that have Professional Sports Teams: Boston, Detroit, Nashville, Portland, Oklahoma City, Las Vegas, Louisville, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Kansas Coty, Atlanta, Miami, Omaha, Oakland, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Cleveland, Tampa, St. Luis, Pittsburgh, Memphis, Cincinnati.

- Based on population, El Paso is bigger than more than half of the 50 state capitals.


- The length of Cuba is roughly the same length as most of the east coast of the United States(from Washington D.C. to Florida).

- The population of Las Cruces, NM(home of NMSU) is bigger than South Bend, Indiana(home of Notre Dame).

- The population of Odessa, Texas is larger than Green Bay, Wisconsin(NFL), Lansing, Michigan(Michigan State), College Station, Texas(Texas, A&M), and Provo, Utah(BYU).

- Alpine, Texas with a population of 5,905 once hosted a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox against Satchel Page's St. Louis Browns.

- Iceland is mostly green and Greenland is mostly ice(80%of Greenland is covered in ice).

- Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world combined.

- More than half the coastline of the entire United States is located in Alaska.

- Arica, Chile, which is located in the Atacama Desert once went 173 months(1903 - 1918) without receiving a drop of rain.


MI Miner Maniac
Dec 1, 2007
Some of those are really surprising.

It's a shame they replaced geography with "social studies" in public schools.

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