Cool Facts About The Earth

Cool Facts About The Earth

Apr 03
Cool Facts About The Earth

So when you think of “home” what comes to mind? Is it your house? Your yard? The people and pets that you live with? For most, one of the last things that come to mind is Earth – but that’s exactly what our planet is our home.

Interesting Facts About The Planet Earth

We may think we know a lot about Earth but each year, new discoveries are made about our amazing home planet. Here are some of the coolest facts about planet Earth!

The Earth Is Fast

We humans feel like we are standing still unless we choose to move our bodies. But did you know that in order to make one full rotation (one full day) in 24 hours, the Earth needs to spin at about 1000 mph? The closer you are to the equator, the faster the rotation. But since gravity holds us down, we move with the Earth.

The Earth Is Salty

Not salty as in upset, but truly salty! In fact, of all the water on the planet, only 3% of it is freshwater. The remaining 97% is salt water!

The Lighthouse Of The Mediterranian Isn’t A Lighthouse

The earth still has many active volcanoes, both above ground and below in the oceans. Currently, the most active of these volcanoes is “The Lighthouse of the Mediterranian” which is also known as the Stromboli Volcano. This volcano is located in Italy and scientists believe it has been continuously erupting for more than 2,000 years!

Snowflakes – How Many Fall Each Winter?

Did you know that each winter, around 1 septillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) snowflakes fall on the Earth? To make it even more amazing – no two snowflakes are exactly alike.

The Earth Is As Hot As The Sun

Well, not all of it. But the core of the earth is nearly as hot as the Sun. Kinda makes you want to rethink trying to journey to the center of the Earth, doesn’t it?

the sunrise over the earth from space

Earth – It’s Electric?

Did you know that on an average day, lightning strikes the Earth about 8.6 million times? Just one of these bolts is nearly 5 times hotter than the sun and provides enough power to keep a 100-watt light bulb on for about 3 months straight.

Although being hit by lightning can be deadly, hundreds of people do survive a strike each year. In fact, 9 out of 10 victims survive. Now that’s amazing!

If You Want To Lose Weight, Move Away From The Equator

Due to the strength of the gravitational pull at the equator, the closer you are to it, the more you weigh. For example, a person who weighs 150 pounds on the North Pole would weigh almost a full pound more at the equator.

Extreme Opposites: The Coldest and Hottest Parts Of The Planet

The hottest temperature that has been recorded was in 1922 in Libya in El Azizia – a whopping 136 degrees Fahrenheit. The opposite – the coldest temperature that has ever been recorded was Antarctica at 128 degrees below zero.

Humans Have Killed Almost 50% Of All Trees

Currently, there are around 3 trillion trees on the planet Earth, but there used to be double this amount. Humans kill around 15 billion trees each year and are only just starting to understand the impact this has on the planet.

There is no denying that our planet has millions of secrets for us to discover. Hopefully, new discoveries will help us to coexist on this planet in a way that doesn’t cause permanent damage to the Earth and the inhabitants we share it with.

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