25 Interesting Facts About Earth You Should Know

by roshi on November 5, 2007

in General, Informatory, Interesting

Find out some very interesting facts about the earth you might not know.

  1. Earth is referred to as the BLUE PLANET. WHY? Because from space, the oceans combined with our atmosphere make our planet look blue.
  2. Earth is the only planet on which water can exist in liquid form on the surface.
  3. Earth travels through space at 66,700 miles per hour.
  4. Earth’s oceans are an average of 2 Miles deep
  5. El Azizia in Libya recorded a temperature of 136 degrees Fahrenheit (57.8 Celsius) on Sept. 13, 1922 – the hottest ever measured.
  6. Only 11 percent of the earth’s surface is used to grow food.
  7. Only 3% water of the earth is fresh, rest 97% salted.
  8. Pacific (155,557,000 sq km) is the largest ocean of the earth.
  9. The coldest temperature ever measured on Earth was -129 Fahrenheit (-89 Celsius) at Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.
  10. Mount Everest 8850 meter (29035 ft) Nepal/China is the tallest mountain.
  11. The dormant volcano Mauna Kea (on the Big Island of Hawaii) could be considered the tallest mountain in the world. If you measure it from its base in the Hawaiian Trough (3,300 fathoms deep) to its summit of 13,796 feet, it reaches a height of 33,476 feet.
  12. The Earth is the densest major body in the solar system.
  13. The gravity on Mars is 38 percent of that found on Earth at sea level.
  14. The sunrays reach at the earth in 8 minutes & 3 seconds.
  15. The total surface area of the Earth is 197 million square miles.
  16. The world’s deadliest recorded earthquake occurred in 1557 in central China, more than 830,000 people were killed.
  17. The World’s largest hot desert is the Sahara in North Africa, at over 9,000,000 km², it is almost as large as the United States.
  18. There are roughly 4,000 known minerals, although only about 200 are of major importance.
  19. About 400 billion gallons water is used worldwide each day.
  20. About 70% of the world’s fresh water is stored as glacial ice.
  21. Aluminum cans take 500 years to break down.
  22. Angel Falls in Venezuela is the worlds highest waterfall, The water of Falls drops 3,212 feet (979 meters).
  23. Antarctica is the highest, driest, and coldest continent on Earth.
  24. Australia, (7,617.930 sq km) is widely considered part of a continental landmass, not officially an island. But without doubt it is the largest island on the planet, and when combined with Oceania, the smallest continent on Earth.
  25. Plastics take 500 years to break down.

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