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Which large island did the USA try to buy for $100,000,000 in 1946?
Greenland. On 8 April 1941, the United States occupied Greenland in order to defend it against a possible invasion by Germany. After the end of WW2, the United States wished to keep the island for strategic reasons and offered $100,000,000, but Denmark refused to sell.
On May 8, 1902, Ascension Day, all inhabitants of Saint-Pierre, the major city in Martinique, have died. Only two survived. What happened?
Volcano eruption. The city was covered with pyroclastic flow, consisting of superheated steam and volcanic gases, with temperatures exceeding 1,075 °C (1,967 °F). One of the survivors was held in an underground cell in the town's jail.
Which part of Greece was never conquered by the Turks?
Corfu is the second largest of the Ionian Islands, west of Greek Peninsula. It was long controlled by Venice, which repulsed several Turkish sieges, before falling under British rule following the Napoleonic Wars. Corfu was eventually ceded by the British Empire and unified with the modern Greece in 1864.
What is the highest time zone?
UTC+14. Time zones range from UTC-12 to UTC+14. UTC+14 stretches as far as 30° east of the 180° longitude line and creates a large fold in the International Date Line. In Kiribati (UTC+14), the local time is the same as in Hawaiʻi (UTC−10:00), but the date is one day ahead. It is also 26 hours ahead of Baker Island (UTC−12:00).
Where did Columbus land in the New World for the first time?
In the Bahamas. It is known that Columbus arrived on an island in the Bahamas (he named it San Salvador), but for centuries historians debated on which island that really was. The captain's log doesn't give much information: large, beautiful island, with a lagoon. Today, there is a general consensus that it was an island in the Bahamas, named San Salvador in 1926 to match the name given by Columbus.
The indigenous people of Madagascar are related to ...
Indigenous Australians. Although Madagascar is only 230 km away from Africa, the old African people didn't like to go deep in the sea. The first people who actually have reached Madagascar were Austronesians from Borneo around 500 BC.
What island is that?
Runit Island, Enewetok Atoll. In 1977, the United States military began decontamination of Enewetak and other islands. During the three-year, $100 million cleanup process, the military mixed more than 111,000 cubic yards (85,000 m3) of contaminated soil with Portland cement and buried it in an atomic blast crater. Today, a concrete dome covers the material.
What is the Brazilian island, Ilha da Queimada Grande, known for?
It is the home of the venomous snakes. Ilha de Queimada Grande is the only home of one of the world’s deadliest and most endangered snakes, golden lancehead vipers. These vipers’ venom can kill a person very quick hence the Brazilian government strictly controls visits to the island.
Which island is known as "Lighthouse of the Mediterranean"?
Stromboli. Mt Stromboli has been in almost one continuous eruption for the past 2000 years, which is the longest known in the world. The volcano explodes at intervals ranging from minutes to hours. This is known as Strombolian eruption type, also observed at other volcanoes worldwide.
Where is Macaronesia?
Atlantic Ocean. Macaronesia is a modern name for several islands near Europe and North Africa: Azores, Madeira, Canary Islands and Cape Verde. The name comes from makárōn nêsoi ("islands of the fortunate"), a term used by Ancient Greeks.