The countries’ borders that are visible from space

At first glance, it might seem that human activity is relatively insignificant compared to high mountain ranges and vast oceans when viewing the globe from space. But if you look closely, human activity has become so all-encompassing that it can be seen on any continent on Earth. The most exciting fact is that even political borders can be discerned from space, as each country has its specific land-use features.

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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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