The World’s Largest Species,
Structures & More
It is always interesting to learn facts surrounding the worlds largest
phenomenon, manmade structures, or enormous feats of nature. There is something
be said for the biggest. The ultimate examples of architecture and natural life. Here
list of the events surrounding ten of the worlds largest.
10. The Largest Swimming Pool in the World
San Alfonso del Mar
Location: Algarrobo, Chile
The largest swimming pool in the world is San Alfonso del Mar Seawater pool
Algarrobo, Chile. It is 1,013 m (3,324 ft) long and has an area of 20 acres. It
completed in December 2006. The pool utilizes a technology developed by the Chilean
Crystal Lagoons, which uses water pumped from the Pacific Ocean that is then
filtered and treated for supply to the pool.
It is truly a remarkable sight. The
recreational diving center Nemo 33 near Brussels, Belgium
is home to the world's
deepest swimming pool. It has two large flat-bottomed areas at depth levels
of 5 m (16
ft) and 10 m (32 ft), and a large circular pit descending to a depth of 33 m (108 ft).
9. The Largest Aquarium in
Atlanta, Georgia U.S.
The Georgia Aquarium is located in Atlanta,
Georgia at Pemberton Place. It
opened in 2005 alongside the World of Coca-Cola exhibit and is owned and
by the Coca-Cola Company. The aquarium is the world’s largest and
contains more than 8.1 million
US gallons (31,000 m³) of marine and fresh water.
A great portion of the project was funded by Home Depot founder
who contributed $250 million. The Georgia Aquarium contains between 100,000
and 120,000 fish
and other sea creatures representing more than 500 different
It is representative of a small and
extremely diverse lake. The aquarium's most
famous specimens are four young whale sharks from Taiwan named
Alice and Trixie, two of which have passed away. The Georgia Aquarium is the
institution outside of Asia to house whale sharks and they have their own 6.3
million gallon tank. The
Aquarium also holds a Great Hammerhead Shark, five
beluga whales, manta rays, turtles, and hundreds of other sea
The Largest Dog in the World
Zorba the Engish Mastiff
|Not the Real Zorba
Zorba the English Mastiff is the largest dog ever to live. He
went down in the book of
world records as the tallest and the heaviest dog in 1989. Zorba weighed
a massive 343
pounds and measured 8 feet from nose to tail. The thickest dog to live is Hercules,
282-pound English Mastiff with a 38-inch neck. A Harlequin Great
Gibson is over 7 feet tall and weighs 170 pounds, while Anatolian Shepherd Dogs are
also known for their
7. The Largest Island in
The Republic of the Philippines is a country in Southeast
Asia. It is comprised of 7,107
islands in the western Pacific Ocean. The largest
and most economically important
island in the Philippines is Luzon. Luzon has an area of 104,688 square
making it the world's 17th largest island. It is the fourth most populous island in
world. Located on Luzon Island is the country's capital, Manila and its most populous
Quezon City. The island is scattered with rocky terrain, mountain peaks, and
Some of the Phillipes most important industry is concentrated in and
around the urban areas of Metro Manila. while
agriculture predominates the other
regions of the island producing crops such as rice, bananas, mangoes, coconuts,
pineapple, and coffee. Other sectors include livestock raising, tourism, mining, and
It is a great place to visit.
The largest official island in the world is Greenland. Greenland is a constituent country
the Kingdom of Denmark, located between the Arctic and Atlantic Oceans.
Though graphically a part of
the continent of North America, Greenland has been
politically associated with Europe since the 18th century.
Greenland is, by area, the
world's largest island that is not a continent, as well as the least densely populated
country in the world, probably because of the harsh and cold conditions.
6. The Largest Cave in the
Location - Quang Binh Province, Vietnam
Hang Son Doong is a massive
cave discovered in the depths of the Vietnamese jungle.
The Rocky passage of the cave is 150metres long and measures
a towering 200metres,
making it the largest cave in the world. The dimensions of the cave were not
recorded until 2009 when a British research team spent time in Hang Son Doong. It
Deer Cave in Malaysia as the largest cave in the world. The cave belongs to
Nha-Ke Bang in central Quang
Binh Province. It was originally discovered in
1991 by a Vietnamese man named Ho Khanh, but
was not entered by the locals for fear
of the eerie wind and loud noises. It has been discovered that
much of these sounds
stem from the massive underground river that flows through the cave. It is truly
amazing structure and little is known about the origin and organisms living in the cave.
A joint British-Vietnamese
Expedition to research Hang Son Doong has been
5. The Largest Human Baby Every Born
The Baby of Anna Haining Bates and Martin Van Buren
Born – January 19, 1879
The largest human newborn baby ever to be recorded was parented by Anna
Haining Bates on January 19, 1879, four days after going into labor. The baby
weighed 10.6 kg
or nearly 24 pounds and was 30 inches (71 centimeters) tall.
Each of his feet was six inches (152 mm) long.
Sadly, the child was only able to
survive for 9 hours. I could not find a record of his name.
Anna Haining Bates
was a Canadian from Mill Brook, New Annan and was famed for her great height,
believed to be 2.27 m (7' 5½"). She weighed around 400 pounds.
young age Anna joined a traveling circus and was featured in an act with
Martin Van Buren Bates, another enormously
tall person. The giant couple became
a touring sensation and eventually fell in love, thus creating the largest
recorded. While Anna was giving birth the doctors noticed that the baby’s head
was too large and that greatly complicated the delivery and helped cause the
Largest Living Organism in the World
Pando – The Clonal Colony of Quaking Aspen
Location – Utah, U.S.
It can be debated, but many feel that the largest living organism in the world is Pando or
The Trembling Giant. Pando is a clonal colony of a single male Quaking Aspen located
in Fishlake National Forest, near Fish Lake in the U.S. state of Utah. A clonal colony is
a group of spawning genetically identical individuals. The plant has one massive
underground root system.
It is estimated to weigh collectively 6,000 tonnes making it
the heaviest known organism.
The root system of Pando is claimed to be among the
oldest known living organisms in existence at 80,000 years
It is completely resilient and during intense fires, the organism survived by its root
system, sending up new stems in the aftermath of each wildfire. The clonal colony
hectares (107 acres) and has around 47,000 stems, which continually
die and are renewed by its roots. Excluding
multi-stem trees, the General Sherman, an
individual giant sequoia tree with a volume of 1,487 m3 (52,500 cu ft)
would hold the
title of the world's largest living organism, if measured in volume. This tree
83.8 m (275 ft) tall and the trunk alone is estimated to weigh over 2,000 short tons
3. The Largest Freshwater
Lake in the World
Russian Region of Siberia
Lake Baikal or the Blue Eye of Siberia is located
in the south of the Russian region
of Siberia. It is the world’s
largest freshwater lake with an average depth of 744.4
m (2,442 ft) and contains more water than all of the North American
combined, a total of roughly 20% of the world's surface
fresh water. The Caspian
Sea is bigger and often labeled as the largest lake in the world, although
it has a
salinity of approximately 1.2%, which is about a third the salinity of most
seawater. Lake Baikal
is the largest strictly fresh water mass in the world.
At more than 25 million years
old, Baikal is also the world's oldest lake. It is the
deepest, and among the clearest of all
lakes in the world. Baikal is home to more
than 1,700 species of plants and animals, two thirds
of which can be found nowhere
else in the world, including the Baikal Seal, Ringed Seal, omul, and Salmonidae.
was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996. The area is also home to Buryat
who live on the eastern side of the lake.
Largest Species of Animals in the World
Here is a list of some of the largest earth dwelling species.
1. By volume and weight the largest living animal is the blue whale, official record
is 33.58 m (110.2 ft), and weight 210 short tons.
2. The largest living land animals by mass are male (bull) African Bush Elephants.
noted example weighed roughly 12,272 kg (27,060 lb).
3. The largest extant monotreme (egg bearing mammal) is the Western Long-beaked
Echidna weighing up to 16.5 kg (36.4 lb) and measuring 1 m (3.3 ft) long.
4. The Red Kangaroo is the largest living marsupial.
The maximum size of these lanky
mammals is 100 kg (220 lb) and 1.92 m (6.3 ft) tall.
5. The Tasmanian Devil
is the largest living carnivorous marsupial. The maximum size
of these stocky mammals is 10 kg
(22.2 lb) and 91 cm (3 ft) long.
6. The largest carnivore is the Southern Elephant Seal.
7. The largest living land carnivore is the Polar and Brown Bear.
8. The largest living member of the Felidae family is the Siberian
9. The Eastern Lowland
Gorilla is the largest living primate.
10. The largest living reptile, a representative of the order Crocodilia, is the saltwater
11. The largest living bird, a member of the Struthioniformes, is the ostrich.
12. The largest living amphibian is the Chinese Giant Salamander.
1. The Largest Diamond in
– The Crown Jewels of the UK
The Star of Africa or the Cullinan Diamond is the largest
diamond ever discovered, at 3,106.75 carats
(621.35 g). The largest cut from the
stone was given the name Cullinan I or the First Star of Africa.
At 530.2 carats it
was the largest polished diamond in the world until the 1985 discovery of the
Jubilee Diamond. The Golden Jubilee is a brown diamond
of 755.5 carats
(151 g) that was discovered in the prolific blue ground of the Premier mine in
The Jubilee would later be cut to weigh 545.67 carats (109.13 g).
The Golden Jubilee is located in the
Royal Thai Palace as part of the crown
Cullinan 1 is known for its incredible clarity and trademark
black spot. It has a
strong contrast to the yellow-brown Golden Jubilee diamond. Cullinan
mounted in the head of the Sceptre with the Cross, part of the Crown Jewels of the
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