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Some Of The Interesting Facts About Earth

The earth is the largest of the terrestrial planets and it is the third planet from the Sun. One of the interesting facts about earth is that, it is the only planet in the solar system that is named after a Greek or a Roman city. It is the only known planet to support life. Earth was formed almost 4.54 billion years ago. Let’s have a look at some of the fun facts of earth.

interestsing facts about earth

  •  The rotation of the earth is slowing: The deceleration of the earth’s rotation is happening at approximately 17 ms per 100 years. The rate of rotation is not uniform.
  • The earth was believed as the universe’s centre: Because of the movement of the other planets and the Sun, it was believed by ancient scientists that the earth remained static. It was Copernicus who proved that this was wrong. He stated that the centre of the Universe was Sun, which was also proven wrong. This will moreover be a fun fact for our kids.
  • The earth has a magnetic field around it: This is because of the nickel-iron core of the planet, coupled with the rapid rotation. It helps in protecting the earth from solar winds.
  • One natural satellite for the planet earth: Moon, which is considered to be the largest satellite of all the planets, is the only natural satellite of the earth. However, it is the fifth largest natural satellite.
  • The only planet which is not named after a God is earth: Except the earth, all the other planets are named after Roman gods or goddesses.
  • Earth has the greatest density when compared to all the other planets in the solar system: The average density of t he earth is 5.52 grams per cubic centimeter. The density varies according to the various parts of the planet. The metallic core is denser than the crust.
  • Moving North Pole: The magnetic pole of earth is moving northward at a rate of 10 miles per year.
  • Switching magnetic poles: The magnetic poles will switch eventually.
  • Two moons: Some of the scientists believe that the earth might have had two moons at some point of time. Still there are some scientists, who believe that two moons exist.
  • Longest mountain range is underwater: The mid ocean ridge system which is also known as the longest mountain range is situated underwater. This ridge stretches about 80,000 km all over the world. It is 20 times longer when compared to Andes Mountains, which is considered to be the longest range on the surface of the earth. Also, the whole thing is volcanic too.
  • Moon quakes: Not only the earth quakes but moon quakes also affect us. Because moon quakes are capable enough to make difference in the tides.
  • Active Volcano: The most active volcano is the Stromboli Volcano in southern Italy. For the past 2000 years it has been erupting continuously. Therefore, it has gained the nickname “Lighthouse of the Mediterranean”.
  • Lakes will also explode: Another interesting factor is that volcanoes are not the only things which explode magma and gas but lakes also do that. In Africa, on the borders of Rwanda, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there are many lakes that are situated above the volcanic earth. This results in large amounts of gas getting tapped beneath.
  • Most of the earth is ocean: 70 percentage of the planet earth is covered by ocean but we have explored only 5 percentage of it.
  • Gold reserve: Ocean holds almost 20 million tons of gold and earth holds more than its share of greed.
  • Deepest Spot on Earth: Mariana Trench has the deepest spot on the earth known as Challenger Deep. It is almost 11 km below the surface of the ocean i.e.; 7 miles. Till now only 3 people have ventured it.
  • Largest living structures are coral reefs: Coral reefs which are made up of millions of polyps constitute as the largest living structure on the earth. It is said that some of the coral reefs are even visible from space.
  • Highest density of life is in ocean: When compared to rain forests, ocean contains the highest density of living organisms on the planet.
  • Pacific basin holds more water: Pacific basin contains half of the water on the earth. It is capable of holding water of all of the world’s continents.
  •  Mushroom fungus grew up to 2,200 acres: Apart from coral reefs, the largest single living thing was a mushroom fungus in Oregon which grew up to 2,200 acres.
  • Object a day: A NASA study estimates that an average one piece of space junk returns to earth every day.
  • Shrinking ozone hole: In 2012, it was found that the ozone hole has become smaller than it has ever been in the last 10 years.
  •  8.6 million: it is estimated that about 8.6 million lightning strikes on the surface of the earth every day.
  •  90 percent of plastic: The world’s ocean contains 90% of rubbish, which are plastics.
  • 2, 00,000 people: Everyday 2, 00,000 people are born on earth.
  •  Moving continents: Every year continents drift for 2cm.
  •  3.5 billion years: The age of bacteria fossils found in Australia is 3.5 billion. It is much longer when compared to the existence of oxygen on earth.
  • 300 years of extinction: 75 percentage of animal will be extinct within 300 years.
  •  14 percent: Of the world’s species, only 14 percent has been identified so far.
  •  400 km wide river: Rio Hamza ‘river’ lies below the Amazon river. It is wide for 400 km at some points. It flows less than 1mm per hour through rock.
  • 2000 marine species: The average number of marine species described every year is 2000.
  •  860 km diameter: If all the water found on the surface of earth is scrunched up to a ball, it would be about 860 km in diameter. It would be as large as Saturn’s Ice Moon Tethys.e

Earth, is the only planet to support life. To preserve the life on earth, it is important that we take care of properly and wisely. Humans are the ones, created with high intelligence among all other living organisms and it is only humans who exploit the resources of the earth. If proper care is given, each one of us can save it for the future awaiting. It should be the motive of each one of us to portray a better world for those to be born in this wonderful planet.

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