Top 10 amazing facts about the USA


Monday, April 22, 2019

Top 10 amazing facts about the USA

Top 10 amazing facts about the USA

The USA is a country comprised of 50 states, a federal district, five major autonomous areas and various possessions. The USA is the third largest country in the world, with a total area of 3,8 million sq km and is a little smaller in size than the entire continent of Europe (3,9 million sq km). The population of the USA(over 327 million) makes it the third most populous country in the world. The capital of USA is Washington, D.C., and the most populous city is New York CityThe territories of the United States are spread across the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean sea, covering nine official time zones. America's extremely diverse geography, climate and wildlife make it one of the 17 mega-diverse countries in the world. There are many amazing facts about the United States. Let's look upon top 10 of those amazing facts about the USA.

1. Largest economy of the world

Largest economy of the world

U.S. economy makes the 22% of the world economy. US was the World's largest economy till 2014 in terms of GDP (PPP). But now the largest economy in the world is China in terms of GDP(PPP). US remained the world's largest economy for more than a century. In terms of nominal GDP US still remains the world's largest economy in 2018. Total nominal GDP of the US stands at 21 trillion dollar in 2019. Despite facing problems the economy of the United states is still projected to grow further.

2. Largest military in the world

Largest military in the world

American military is world's largest military. US military budget is also one of the biggest in the world. US military budget 2018 was 706 billion dollars. There many US military bases around the world. US military size makes it world's 3rd largest force with 1.3 million active military personnel.
There 5,670 US military helicopters which makes it rank 1st in terms of helicopter strength.

3. American dollar

American dollar

US dollar is a global currency. US dollar is also used as reserve currency in the whole world. Majority of the trade in the world relay on the US dollar as an exchange currency. Around $1.5 trillion worth of currency is in circulation around the world. It is also consider as the most powerful currency of the world.

4. Largest lake in the world

Largest lake in the world

Lake superior is one of the largest lakes in the world by surface area. Lake superior depth is not consistent and average depth of it is 147 m and max depth is 406 m. The biggest wave recorded on Lake superior was 40 feet high. Lake superior is home to many species and the most important one is lake superior fish. 

5. Largest Air Force in the world

Largest Air Force in the world

US Air force is the largest air force in the world in terms of aircraft and personnel. US air force has 312,000 active duty members. US air force ranks number 1 in the world. There are many US air force bases around the world. US air force planes are also one of the best in the world. US air force has more than 13,000 different types of aircrafts.

6. US rivers

US rivers

There are 250,000 different rivers that flows in United States. US is home to many largest rivers in the world. US major rivers consists of Missouri River, Mississippi River, Yukon River, Rio Grande, Colorado River and Arkansas River. Missouri River is the longest river of the US with a length of 2,540 miles. The flow of the Missouri River was reversed due to earthquakes in 1811-1812.

7. US national parks

US national parks

US has 58 national parks which protect the wildlife in the country. Some of the popular and best US national parks are Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park and Yellowstone National Park. US national parks list contains many other national parks. US national parks in west consists of Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Monument Valley and some other parks. Yellowstone National park has the world's most dangerous Volcano which can destroy whole America at anytime.

8. Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Hoover dam is the largest concrete dam in the world. It is located in Black Canyon spanning the Colorado River between Arizona and Nevada, about 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. When Completed in 1936, it was the tallest dam in the US with a total height of 726 feet. Behind the dam is the largest man made artificial reservoir called Lake mead capable of holding 9 trillion gallons of water. The amount of concrete used in the construction of the dam was enough to build a paved road from New York to San Francisco. The total cost of the dam was $49 million which is equal to $700 million today. The dam still today provides the electricity to Arizona, Nevada, and Southern California. It is also the major tourist attraction in the US allowing people to do boating, swimming, and fishing in the Lake mead. Hoover dam bridge completed in 2010 is the highest concrete-arch bridge in the world. 

9. First landing on the moon

First landing on the moon

America was the first country to land on the moon. Apollo 11 was the space mission which marked the first moon landing by any man. The date of first moon landing was July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon and also the first man to step on the moon. Have you ever wonder who was the last man to step on moon? Well, the last man to step on the moon was also an american. Apollo 17 commander Eugene Cernan was the last man to walk on the moon in 1972.

10. Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

The idea of the Mount Rushmore National park was developed by Doane Robinson in order to attract tourist from all over the country to his state. The sculptor Gutzon Borglum selected Mount Rushmore as a perfect location for the monument. Due to the composition of the granite which is slow to erode Mount Rushmore was the best choice for the monument. The total cost of the project was $1 million. The monument was completed in October 31, 1941. The monument includes the sculptures of the 4 great presidents (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln) of the USA. One of the amazing facts about the Mount Rushmore is that it went through design changes 9 times. Mount Rushmore attracts nearly 3 million tourist every year. 

These were the top 10 amazing facts about the USA. Hopefully! you enjoyed reading these amazing facts.

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