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30+ Interesting Facts About Mount Everest

Mount Everest is a mountain in the Great Himalayas. This tall mountain in southern Asia is on the border between Nepal and Tibet , an autonomous region of China. Mount Everest is the highest mountain above sea level , having an altitude of 8,848 m (29,029 ft.). However, the tallest mountain on Earth is Mauna Kea in Hawaii. Its summit is 10,210 m (33,500 ft.) high, but its large portion is beneath the Pacific Ocean. The highest point above Earth’s center is the peak of Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador . It is due to this mountain’s location where the Earth’s bulge is the greatest. ( Source ) Mount Everest was recognized as the highest point on the surface of Earth in 1852. Its initial name was Peak XV, but was later renamed in 1865 to honor Sir George Everest, who remained the surveyor general of India from 1930-43. There are other names for this mountain in local languages: Nepalese and Tibetan. There are a total of 17 routes to climb Mount Everest. However, the main routes are Southea

15+ Interesting Facts About Mandrills

Mandrills are large and colorful Old World monkeys. Their range is limited to the rainforests of Equatorial Africa in Gabon, Equatorial Guinea , Cameroon, and the Republic of Congo. Mandrills are the largest among monkeys . Male mandrills can attain a weight and body length of up to 54 kg (119 lb.) and 20 in. (50.8 cm). They are also one of the most colorful mammals due to their red face, blue rump, and yellow beard. ( Source ) The closest relatives of mandrills are drills. These two species are the only members of the genus Mandrillus . Mandrills are among the few mammals with blue skin, particularly on their rump. The arrangement of protein fibers makes their blue skin more vibrant on the rump, compared to the pale blue color on their face. ( Source ) A study proves the intelligent  use of tools  in mandrills. Scientists have found that these monkeys can make a bark narrow and use it to remove dirt underneath their toenails. ( Source ) Mandrills are among the few monkey species (

20 Interesting Facts About the Nile River

The Nile, a river in northeastern Africa, is the world’s longest river. It flows from south to north and drains into the Mediterranean Sea. The Nile, with a total length of 6,695 km (4,160 miles), is the  longest river  in the world. Its primary source is Lake Victoria, while the farthest point is a stream in Burundi. On the other hand, the disputed maximum length of the Amazon River is 6,750 km (4,195 miles). However, its ending point is uncertain, which makes it the second-longest river. ( Source ) Despite being the longest river, the Nile has less discharge than many other rivers . The largest river by discharge is the Amazon River (nearly 209,000 cubic meters per second). Comparatively, the discharge of the Nile River is only 2,830 cubic meters per second. The Nile River basin covers nearly 10% of Africa in several countries. These include Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia,  Kenya , DR Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda , and Tanzania . The Nile has two primary tributari