Fun facts about Earth
Fun facts about Earth
1. The hottest day in recorded history occurred in El Azizia, Libia, at 136 degrees Fahrenheit. Coming in a close second at a 134 degrees was a temperature recorded in Death Valley, California.
2. About 400 billion gallons water is used worldwide each day.
3. The largest eggs in the world are laid by a shark.
4. Life began in the seas 3.1 billion to 3.4 billion years ago. Land dwellers appeared 400 million years ago, a relatively recent point in the geologic time line.
5. Mount Everest is the highest mountain on Earth and its peak is 8848 meters above sea level. And amazingly it is gaining height.
6. The Himalayas are examples of the movement of tectonic plates against each other.
7. The deserts on Earth are not entirely composed of fine sand. About 80% of them consist of rocks of varying sizes from pebble to gravels.
8. About 70% of the world’s fresh water is stored as glacial ice.
9. The distance from the surface of Earth to the center is about 3,963 miles (6,378 kilometers).
10. Only 3% water of the earth is fresh, rest 97% salted. Of that 3%, over 2% is frozen in ice sheets and glaciers. Means less than 1% fresh water is found in lakes, rivers and underground.
11. A huge underground river runs underneath the Nile, with six times more water than the river above.
12. Earth is gradually slowing down. Every few years, an extra second is added to make up for lost time. Millions of years ago, a day on Earth will have been 20 hours long. It is believed that, after a few million years, a day on Earth will be 27 hours long.
13. The coldest temperature ever measured on Earth was -129 Fahrenheit (-89 Celsius) at Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.
14. The most dangerous animal in the world is the common housefly. Because of their habits of visiting animal waste, they transmit more diseases than any other animal.
15. Rain has never been recorded in some parts of the Atacama Desert in Chile.
16. The Earth isn’t perfectly round, it is slightly flattened at the north and south poles.
17. The Niagara Falls are located on the border of the USA and Canada.
18. Earth coldest temperature is -128.6 F.
19. The astrological name for Earth is “Terra”.
20. In 1934, a gust of wind reached 371 km/h on Mount Washington in New Hampshire, USA.
21. The gravitational pull between the Earth and the moon is what causes the tides in the oceans and seas.
22. The Oceans are over 90% Unexplored.
23. Earth is the third planet from the Sun. This is also the fifth largest planet in the entire solar system. Earth is the only planet known to have life.
24. The Sun is 333,000 times as large as our earth.
25. Ten percent of the earth’s surface is covered by ice.
26. Largest City is Seoul, South Korea, 10,231,217 people.
27. Earth is 3rd planet from the Sun, 92,897,000 miles from the Sun.
28. There are more than 6,800 different languages.
29. 70% of the Earth