What You Don’t Know About Earth But Need To Know!
Do you know these facts about Earth? Most people have no idea that these facts about Earth are real! Check out these incredible things you didn’t know.
- Did you know there are not 24 hours in a day? Rather, there are 23 hours in a day, 56 minutes and 4 seconds of time. That’s the amount of time it takes the Earth to rotate one full time, which is a day.
- In Venezuela, there is a river called The Catatumbo River that is so violent it creates weather conditions that cause 160 days of nonstop storms.
- There are more than 22,000 manmade objects orbiting around the plant that are bigger than 10 cm in size. Only 5 percent of those are functioning satellites. 87 percent are fragments and inactive satellites while the remaining are spent rockets.
- Every day, there are 8.6 million lightning strikes around the planet.
- There is a waterfall located at Yosemite National Park that, at various times of the day, looks like lava flowing over the edge because of the sun’s light and reflection.
- Did you know that Antarctica has as much ice – frozen water – as the Atlantic Ocean has water? Imagine what would happen if it melted!
- Pyura Chilensis are probably sea creatures you’ve never heard of, but they look like rocks because they never move.
- There are about one million species that live in the ocean. It is estimated that about 2/3 of these are unknown as of yet.
- Every year, 100 million sharks are killed each year for the sole purpose of removing their fins. Sharks kill about 10 people on average each year.
- During volcanic eruptions, volcanic lightning occurs. It is actually explosions taking place.
- In Japan, there are underwater crop circles. These are not from aliens, but rather from male pufferfish as they flap their fins against the sand.
- Every year, the wind moves some 40 million tons of nutrient-rich dust from the Sahara desert to the Amazon rain forest.
- It has been two million years since it rained in Dry Valleys Antarctica.
- It is estimated that as much as 75 percent of all of the world’s animals could be extinct within 300 years.
- Every year, the continents move just a small amount – about 2cm!
- In Tanzania, there is a lake called Lake Natron that has such a high pH level that animals can virtually turn to stone due to calcification if they get into it.
- Whirlpools do occur in bodies of water. They happen when tidal waves going in different directions occur and they can suck in boats and people.
- When the ocean and atmosphere reach just the right temperature, frost flowers, small, flower-like ice formations occur on the surface.
- 99 percent of the planet’s gold is located in its core.
- About 90 percent of all volcanic activity happens in the ocean. And most of the time, most people don’t know it is happening.