Nature

When it comes to extremes, the planet itself knows how to turn it up a notch. Take a look at this selection of Guinness World Records titles where Mother Nature reigns supreme.

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Longest reef

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Longest reef

The Great Barrier Reef off Queensland, north-eastern Australia is 2027km 1260miles in length. It is…

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Most dangerous ant

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Most dangerous ant

The most dangerous ant in the world is the bulldog ant ( Myrmecia pyriformis ) found in coastal…

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Most trees planted in one hour (multiple locations)

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Most trees planted in one hour (multiple locations)

The most trees planted in one hour at multiple locations is 2,294,629, achieved by 122,168…

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Largest tree hug

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Largest tree hug

The largest tree hug consists of 4,620 people, achieved by Asianet News Network Pvt. Ltd. (India) at…

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Largest mammal to build a nest

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Largest mammal to build a nest

The largest mammal to construct a nest is the gorilla ( Gorilla gorilla ) of Africa, where adult…

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Largest genus of pitcher plants

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Largest genus of pitcher plants

The largest genus of pitcher plants is Nepenthes , the so-called tropical pitcher plants, which…

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Most dangerous tree

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Most dangerous tree

A member of the spurge family, the world´s most dangerous tree is the manchineel ( Hippomane…

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Highest clouds

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Highest clouds

The highest clouds in the atmosphere are noctilucent clouds. Best seen in the lower and higher…

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Biome with the greatest biodiversity

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Biome with the greatest biodiversity

The total number of animal and plant species that exist in the world’s tropical rainforests is…

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Most active volcano

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Most active volcano

The world's most active volcano is Kilauea, in Hawaii, USA, erupting on a continuous basis since…

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Highest waterfall

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Highest waterfall

Some world records aren’t pretty. Watching someone pull a truck via meat hooks in the back, for…

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Highest mountain

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Highest mountain

The highest mountain in the world is Mount Everest. Its peak rises to 8,848 m (29,028 ft 9 in) – the…

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Fastest growing plant

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Fastest growing plant

The world record for the fastest growing plant belongs to certain species of the 45 genera of bamboo…

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Most forested country (overall area)

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Most forested country (overall area)

In 2005, Brazil had an estimated total forest cover of 477,698,000 hectares (1,844,400 miles²),…

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Heaviest strawberry

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Heaviest strawberry

The heaviest strawberry weighs 250 g (8.82 oz), which was grown by Koji Nakao (Japan) and was…

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Tallest mountain face

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Tallest mountain face

The Rupal face of Nanga Parbat, in the western Himalayas, Pakistan, is a single rise of some 5,000 m…

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Tallest mountain

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Tallest mountain

Mauna Kea (White Mountain) on the island of Hawaii, USA, is the world's tallest mountain. Measured…

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Heaviest lemon

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Heaviest lemon

The world's heaviest lemon weighed 5.265 kg (11 lb 9.7 oz) on 8 January 2003 and was grown by Aharon…

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