|The Unknown Planet: Cave of the Crystals
Naica, a small town in the Mexican state of Chihuahua hides a big secret, the deeply buried Cave of the Crystals. 300 m below the surface of earth lies a cave system containing the biggest selenite or moonstone crystals in the world, some with a length of up to 11 m and one meter in diameter, weighing up to 55 tons. The caves are part of a geological system fed by thermal waters, which allowed the crystals to grow.
Image: Gypsum crystals of the Naica cave. Note person for scale. Author: Alexander Van Driessche
Due to the impending 'new' executive order of the US President, we compiled a list of Muslim countries. The president's executive order will indefinitely ban Syrian refugees, and temporarily bar people from several Muslim countries coming into the United States. The order will again create uncertainty among Muslims and refugees, and generate logistical nightmares at airports around the globe and trigger nationwide protests and legal arguments. By the way, the president's controversial executive order might challenge almost one quarter of the world population.
Countries with the largest Muslim populations
Adherents of Islam constitute the world's second largest religious group, about 1.7 billion or 23% of the world population. According to a report by the Pew Research Center, Islam is growing more rapidly than any other religion in the world.
List of countries where the majority of the population are followers of Islam religion.
Countries with the highest percentage of Muslims (more than 90% of the population) are Mauritania, Maldives, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Iran, Morocco, Yemen, Tajikistan, Iraq, Somalia, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Niger, Comoros, Algeria, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Djibouti, Libya, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Senegal, Kosovo, Gambia, Mali, Jordan, Turkmenistan, Egypt and Syria.
Countries with a high percentage of Muslims (more than 70% of the population) are Kyrgyzstan, Oman, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Guinea, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Sierra Leone, Kazakhstan, Bahrain, and Brunei.
Countries with a significant percentage of Muslims (more than 50% of the population) are Malaysia, Burkina Faso, Lebanon, Albania, Chad, Nigeria, and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Countries with the world's largest Muslim population (more than 10 million, in million) are: Indonesia (205 m), Pakistan (178 m), India (172 m), Bangladesh (145.6 m), Nigeria (94 m), Iran (74.8 m), Turkey (74.6 m), Egypt (73.8 m), Algeria (40.4 m), Sudan (39.0 m), Morocco (32.3 m), Iraq (31.1 m), Afghanistan (29.0 m), Uzbekistan (26.8 m), Saudi Arabia (25.5 m), Ethiopia (25.0 m), China (24.8 m), Yemen (24.0 m), Syria (20.8 m), Niger (19.5 m), Tanzania (19.4 m), Malaysia (17.1 m), Mali (15.6 m), Senegal (14.5 m), Burkina Faso (11.2 m), Tunisia (11.1 m), and Russia with just 9.4 m Muslims.
Sources: Pew Research Center, The World Fact Book, Wikipedia
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