Earth’s surface visualized

The Total Surface Area of our planet is about 509.6 million km² or 197 million mi². The land occupies only 29% of the Earth’s Surface (148.3 million km2 or 57.3 million mi²). The largest countries by surface area are Russia (3.35%), Canada (1.96%), China (1.88%), United States (1.87%), Brazil (1.67%), and Australia (1.51%). Together they occupy approximately 12.24% of the planet’s surface. 70% of the Earth’s total surface is covered with water (361. 7 million km² or 139. 7 million mi²).

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Distribution of the Big Cats mapped

The term “big cat” is are commonly used to relate to any of the five species of the genus Panthera: lion, tiger, jaguar, leopard, and snow leopard. Except for the snow leopard, these big cat species can roar. A more broad interpretation of the term covers species outside of Panthera including the cougar, clouded leopard, Sunda clouded leopard, cheetah and even the several lynxes species. However, these added species also do not roar.

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