53 Interesting Earth Facts


Earth is the only known planet in our solar system which has life. It is the third planet from the sun. The other names of Earth are Tellus, Terra, Gaia and Gaea. It is the fifth largest planet in our solar system. Lets read some interesting facts about Earth.

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53 Interesting Earth Facts

  1. According to scientists, the Earth is about 4.6 billion years old.
  2. 90% of all garbage in the world's ocean is plastic which can end up killing or disfiguring animals and plants.
  3. There are 100 million pieces of junk orbiting Earth at about 17,000 miles per hour.
  4. The planet Earth weighs approximately 5,974,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 kilograms. (i.e. nearly 6 septillion kilograms)
  5. Earth is 32.1% iron, 30.1% oxygen, 15.1% silicon and 13.9% magnesium.
  6. Earth is the only planet not named after any mythological God or Goddess.
  7. Majority of Earth fresh water is locked up in Antarctica.
  8. The Earth was once believed to be the center of the Universe.
  9. There is only one natural satellite of Earth and that is moon.
  10. The Earth is the densest planet of the solar system.
  11. 70% of the Earth's surface is covered with water. Only 3% of water is fresh, rest 97% is salted. Of the 3%, over 2% is frozen in glaciers and ice sheets; means less than 1% fresh water is found in rivers, lakes and underground.
  12. The Earth is actually not round in shape, it is geoid. It simply means that the rounded shape has a slight bulge towards the equator.
  13. Asia continent covers 30% of the Earth land area, but has 60% of the world's population.
  14. Earth has a waistline. At the equator, the earth has a circumference of 24,901 miles (40,075 kilometers). You shall weigh less at the equator when compared to the north and south poles.
  15. The earth is not only rotating around its axis but also revolving around the sun at 67,000 miles (107,826 Kilometer) per hour.
  16. The gravity between earth and moon cause tides on earth.
  17. Earth is the only known planet in our galaxy to have life.
  18. We believe that a day is 24 hours long but it actually takes 23 hours, 56 minutes and 4 seconds for earth to complete one rotation and astronomers call this a sidereal day.
  19. Due to unique Nickel-Iron properties of the Earth's Core, when coupled with the earth's rotation, the earth is surrounded by powerful magnetic field that protects it from the effects of Solar Wind.
  20. Earth is the only planet in the solar system to have water in all the three forms: liquid, solid and gas.
  21. 1/3 of the earth's surface is either partially or totally desert.
  22. The Earth is the only planet in the solar system where a Solar Eclipse can happen.
  23. If you drilled a tunnel straight through the earth and jumped in it, then it would take you about 42 minutes to get to the other side!
  24. The earth's inner core is about the same temperature as the sun.
  25. Amazon rain forests are home to one third of the earth's land species.
  26. Mount Augustus is the largest rock on Earth. It is in Australia and can be seen from almost 100 miles away and it is about 2,352 feet high.
  27. There is no solid land under the North pole. It is just sea ice.
  28. The tallest waterfall on earth is Angel falls, which is 3,212 feet high.
  29. Yew tree is one of the most poisonous trees on earth. Every part of it is poisonous, except it berries.
  30. The largest flower on earth is the Corpse flower. It smells like rotting flesh. It is native to Sumatra and also the smelliest flower on the planet.
  31. Lake Baikal in Russia hold 20% of earth's unfrozen freshwater. It is the oldest and the deepest lake in the World.
  32. The Great Barrier reef in Australia is the largest living structure on earth.
  33. On an average, Atlantic Ocean is the saltiest of all ocean's on Earth.
  34. Earth's longest mountain range is actually underwater. It is called mid-ocean ridge system. It stretches over 80,000 Kilometer all-round the Earth.
  35. There are many more stars in the Universe than the number of sand grains on earth.
  36. The driest place on earth is Chile's Atacama Desert.
  37. Approximately 80% creature on earth have six legs.
  38. If strict actions are not taken by 2050, we will have more plastic than fish in the ocean by weight.
  39. Between 50 and 100 species of plants and animals go extinct every single day because their habitats are destroyed by humans.
  40. We only use 11% of the Earth's surface to grow food.
  41. One in four mammals are facing extinction.
  42. 40% of all water sold in the world as bottled water is actually tap water.
  43. The Queen of the United Kingdom is the owner of one-sixth of the Earth's land surface.
  44. There are more living organism in a teaspoon of soil than there are people on Earth.
  45. Krubera cave is the deepest cave on Earth.
  46. Mount Chimborazo is the highest place on earth and is closet to space.
  47. If earth didn't had moon, our days would have been only 6 hours long.
  48. 10 to 20 volcanoes erupt every day on earth.
  49. On earth everyone is in motion, whether you are sitting, sleeping or walking.
  50. Light reaches earth in about 8 minutes and 19 seconds from the sun.
  51. Antarctica is the largest and the coldest desert on earth.
  52. The earth has an ozone layer that protects it from the harmful solar radiations.
  53. If Earth loses oxygen for 5 seconds, then every building made up of concrete would turn into dust.
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