14 Facts About The United States

1. The United States is one of Earth's most volcanically active countries, having within its territory more than 10 percent of all known active and potentially active volcanoes.

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2. The United States is already overpopulated in the sense that we are consuming our national ecological resources at an unsustainable rate.

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3. The United States is the world's largest consumer of petroleum.

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4. The United States leads the world in scientific research papers and impact factor.

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5. The United States is ranked among the top three in the Global Competitiveness Report as well.

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6. The United States is the largest producer of oil in the world, as well as its second-largest importer.

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7. The United States has a very diverse population; 37 ancestry groups have more than one million members.

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8. The United States is home to 428 mammal species, 784 bird species, 311 reptile species, and 295 amphibian species.

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9. The United States has the most ecoregions out of any country in the world.

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10. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value.

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11. The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, and other international organizations.

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12. The United States emerged from as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

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13. The United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, and gradually admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848.

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14. The United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast.

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