Earth is the third planet from the Sun and is the largest of the terrestrial planets. It is a beautiful place to live and explore. It has a plenty of life-supporting features and is constantly changing/evolving.
But how much does the average person really know about the planet Earth? You’ve lived on Planet Earth all of your life, but how much do you really know about the ground underneath your feet? You probably have lots of interesting facts rattling around in your brain, but here are 16 interesting facts about Earth that you may, or may not know.
- There are more than 100 million pieces of junk orbiting Earth at about 17,000 miles per hour (27,000 km/hr).
- Earth receives between 100 and 300 metric ton of cosmic dust (the dust which exists in outer space, as well as all over planet Earth) every day (data collected from satellite observations.) However, some other estimates suggest that the incoming dust could be as low as 5 metric ton per day.
- Standing on that equator you would be spinning around Earth’s center at 1000 miles per hour. At the poles, however, you would be standing still (and turning in a circle)
- The Challenger Deep is the deepest known point on Earth, reaching depths of about 35,814 feet.
- The gravity between the Earth and the Moon causes the tides on Earth. This effect on the Moon means it is tidally locked to Earth – its rotation period is the same as its orbit time so it always presents the same face to Earth.
- It is also the only planet not to be named after a Greek or Roman god. Jupiter is named after the king of Roman gods and Uranus is named after the Greek god of the sky. The name Earth comes from English/German, which means the Ground.
- Earth is also known as the “Blue Planet” because of its bluish appearance from the outer space. Almost 70% of Earth’s surface is covered with water.
- The Earth also has the credit of being the densest planet in the Solar System. It has an average density of 5.51 grams per cubic centimeter.
- Speaking of magma, the hottest temperature ever recorded on Earth’s surface was 136 degrees F or 57.8 degrees C in El Azizia, Libya recorded in 1922.
- Mount Augustus in the Australian Outback is the largest rock on Earth. It can be seen from almost 100 miles away and is about 2,352 feet high.
- The largest flower on Earth is also the smelliest. Native to Sumatra, The corpse flower smells like rotting flesh.
- Earth’s orbit is slowing down. It turns approximately 2 milliseconds slower every 100 years.
- The largest confirmed stalagmite in the world can be found in Cuba in the Cuervo San Martin Infierno. This behemoth rises 220 feet (67.2 meters) tall.
- The force of gravity in the Hudson Bay region of Canada is less than that on the rest of the planet. There are various theories that scientists associate with this effect but no one is sure as to why this is the case.
- Some scientists claim we still have two moons…in a manner of speaking. Every now and then an asteroid will get sucked into Earth’s orbit and stick around for up to 9 months.
- The first life on Earth developed in the oceans through a process called abiogenesis or biopoiesis. This is a natural process in which life grows from non-living matter like simple organic compounds.